Ellipse of Uncertainty: An Introduction to Postmodern Fantasy

Ellipse of Uncertainty: An Introduction to Postmodern Fantasy

Hardback Contributions in Librarianship and Information Science,

By (author) Lance Olsen


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  • Publisher: Greenwood Press
  • Format: Hardback | 145 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 18mm | 349g
  • Publication date: 3 April 1987
  • Publication City/Country: Westport
  • ISBN 10: 0313255113
  • ISBN 13: 9780313255113
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,625,704

Product description

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.

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