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Stories about Stories


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Table of Contents

Table of Contents Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Fantasy as a Route to Myth Taxonomic Interlude: A Note on Genres Chapter 2: Make It Old: The Other Mythic Method Chapter 3: Silver Lies and Spinning Wheels: Christian Myth in MacDonald and Lewis Chapter 4: Romance and Formula, Myth and Memorate Chapter 5: Expanding the Territory: Colonial Fantasy Chapter 6: Angels, Fantasy, and Belief Literalist Interlude: Burning Harry Potter Chapter 7: The Postcolonial Fantastic Chapter 8: Coyote's Eyes: Situated Fantasy Works Cited

About the Author

Brian Attebery is Professor of English at Idaho State University and the editor of Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. He is also the coeditor, with Ursula K. Le Guin, of The Norton Book of Science Fiction (Norton, 1997) and the author of Decoding Gender in Science Fiction (Routledge, 2002) among other works.


"I highly recommend Brian Attebery's new book. It's a scholarly work, but it reads with bright clarity as takes us back and forth between fantasy and myth, showing not only the connections, but also how the best of fantasy is a roadmap that can return the reader to its source material."--Fantasy and Science Fiction "Brian Attebery is the most readable, the most knowledgeable, and the least quarrelsome of critics. Stories about Stories adds new vistas of understanding to his unsurpassed survey of imaginative literature." --Ursula K. Le Guin "Brian Attebery hits the mother lode in this brilliant archaeology of fantasy and myth. The closest thing to a definitive guide for what C.S. Lewis called 'lies breathed through silver,' Stories about Stories enables us to understand the higher truths of narratives that walk a tightrope between sacred and profane, faith and skepticism, poetry and prose." --Maria Tatar, author of Enchanted Hunters "With radiant clarity, Brian Attebery's Stories about Stories examines what happens when we 'imagine our way into the realms of mastery and wonder' by considering the performative and contextualizing nature of narrative. It is a brilliant book by one of the fantastic's most informed, most penetrating, and wisest critics, who understands that the subjectivity of fictive knowledge is the engine behind its energy and fascination." --Peter Straub "Stories about Stories is the best analysis we yet possess of mythopoesis. Attebery's work mediates powerfully between the creative appropriations of myth in modern fantasy, a story known to many, and the less well-known stories of the scholarly rediscovery of myth, and the tenuous survival of oral narrative and myth in living context." --Tom Shippey, the author of The Road to Middle Earth

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