Ellipse of Uncertainty

Ellipse of Uncertainty : An Introduction to Postmodern Fantasy

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This fascinating study of literary theory is the first work of its kind to examine the intersection of fantasy and postmodernism, and to analyze contemporary fantasy writers comparatively. After carefully developing working definitions of postmodernism and fantasy, the author goes on to analyze works by various postmodernist fantasy writers. Olsen's approach is eclectic, bringing to each text or textual complex those forces he feels most interestingly stir up its sediment--be they biographical, structural, psychoanalytic, philosophical, reader-response, or otherwise. Finally he argues that postmodern fantasy is the literary equivalent of deconstructionism, for it interrogates all we take for granted about language and experience, giving these no more than shifting and provisional status. It may be seen as a mode of radical skepticism that believes only in the possiblilty of total intelligibility.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 145 pages
  • 157 x 230.6 x 17.8mm | 349.27g
  • Greenwood Press
  • Westport, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0313255113
  • 9780313255113
  • 1,851,653

About Professor Lance Olsen PH.D.

LANCE OLSEN is Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Prelude: Nameless Things and Thingless Names Diagnosing Fantastic Autism: Kafka, Borges, and Robbe-Grillet I Stink, Therefore I (S)am: Functions, Fantasy, Beckett Metamorphosis in Fuentes' Aura Pynchon's New Nature: Indeterminacy and The Crying of Lot 49 Misfires in Eden: Garcia Marquez and Narrative Frustration The Presence of Absence: Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians Postlude Bibliography Indexshow more