Modern fantasy eece 441 Spring 2003 P. Werre

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modern fantasy

EECE 441

Spring 2003

P. Werre


Fantasy: A fictitious work in which the characters, actions, and/or setting are deliberately freed from reality. There are two types of fantasy: high fantasy (which occurs in another world where physical and human laws do not exist) and low fantasy (which, though set in the real world, presents events which are magical). (Latrobe, Brodie, and White 70-71).

Types and Examples of Modern Fantasy (Norton 284-300)

  1. Articulate animals

    1. Beatrix Potter – Peter Rabbit

    2. Michael Bond – Paddington Bear

    3. Rudyard Kipling – Jungle Book and Just So Stories

    4. Kenneth Grahame – Wind in the Willows

    5. Robert Lawson – Rabbit Hill

    6. George Selden – Cricket in Times Square

    7. E.B. White – Charlotte’s Web

  2. Toys

    1. Rumer Godden – Doll’s House

    2. Margery Williams – Velveteen Rabbit

    3. A.A. Milne – Winnie the Pooh

    4. Carlo Collodi – Pinocchio

  3. Preposterous Characters and Settings

    1. Exaggeration, ridiculous situations and tongue-twisting language

    2. Carl Sandburg – Rootabaga Stories

    3. Astrid Lindgrin – Pippi Longstocking
    4. Roald Dahl – James and the Giant Peach

    5. Pamela Travers – Mary Poppins

  4. Strange and Curious Worlds

    1. Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland

    2. James Barrie – Peter Pan

  5. Little People

    1. H.C. Andersen – Thumbelina

    2. J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy

    3. Carol Kendall — Gammage Cub

    4. Mary Norton – The Borrowers

  6. Spirits Friendly and Frightening

    1. Ghost stories or tales about beings from the spirit realm

    2. Lucy Boston – Children of Green Knowe

  7. Time Warps

  8. Science Fiction

    1. Hypothesized scientific advancements and imagined technology

    2. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

    3. Jules Verne – Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    4. John Christopher – White Mountain

    5. Madeleine L’Engle – Wrinkle in Time

    6. Anne Macaffrey – Dragons of Pern series

Latrobe, Kathy H., Carolyn S. Brodie, and Maureen White. The Children’s Literature Dictionary. New York: Neal Schuman, 2002.

Norton, Donna E. and Saundra E. Norton. Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall, 2003.

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