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The Fantasy Genre
How does fantasy differ from science fiction and fairy tales?
Types of fantasy
Portals between worlds
Why do writers use the fantasy genre?
1. Ursula Le Guin, “This Fear of Dragons,” in The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children, ed. Edward Blishen (Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1975), 92.
2. Thomas Hardy, The Later Years of Thomas Hardy 1892–1928, comp. Florence Emily Hardy (London: Macmillan, 1930), 15-16.
Resources on fantasy stories
Adams, Gillian. “A Fuzzy Genre: Two Views of Fantasy.” Children’s Literature 28 (2000): 202-14.
Armitt, Lucie. Fantasy Fiction: An Introduction. New York: Continuum, 2005.
Baker, Deirdre F. “What We Found on Our Journey through Fantasy Land.” Children’s Literature in Education 37, no. 3 (September 2006): 237-51.
Gates, Pamela S. , Susan B. Steffel, and Francis J. Molsen. Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2003.
Gooderham, David. “Children’s Fantasy Literature: Toward an Anatomy.” Children’s Literature in Education 26 (September 1995): 171-83.
Hunt, Peter. “Landscapes and Journeys, Metaphors and Maps: The Distinctive Feature of English Fantasy.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 12 (Spring 1987): 11-14.
Hunt, Peter and Millicent Lenz. Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction. London: Continuum, 2001.
Lynch-Brown, Carol and Carl M. Tomlinson. “Modern Fantasy.” In Essentials of Children’s Literature. Boston, Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2008, 133-49.
Lynn, Ruth Nadelman. Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults: A Comprehensive Guide. 5th ed. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2005.
Nikolajeva, Maria. “Fairy Tale and Fantasy: From Archaic to Postmodern.” Marvels and Tales 17, no. 1 (May 2003): 138-56.
Norton, Donna E. and Saundra E. Norton. “Modern Fantasy.” In Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature. Boston: Pearson, 2011, 261-93.
Russell, David L. “Fantasy: The World of Make Believe.” In Literature for Children: A Short Introduction. Boston: Pearson, 2012, 194-215.
Whitney, David. “Fantasy Narratives and Growing Up.” In Where Texts and Children Meet, edited by Eve Bearne and Victor Watson, 172-82. London: Routledge, 2000.
Yolen, Jane. Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood. Little Rock, Arkansas: Little House, 2000.
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