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  • Katie shared from Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion (New Accents) by Dr Rosemary Jackson
    Metamorphosis in the modern fantastic suggests that the slipping of object into subject is no longer redemptive and that ‘perverse’ images of mutilation/horror/ monstrosity have taken precedence over utopian dreams of superhuman or magical transformations of the subject.
  • Katie shared from Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion (New Accents) by Dr Rosemary Jackson
    Uncertainty and impossibility are inscribed on a structural level through hesitation and equivocation, and on a thematic level through images of formlessness, emptiness and invisibility. That which is not seen, that which is not said, is not ‘known’ and it remains as a threat, as a dark area from which any object or figure can enter at any time. The relation of the individual subject to the world, to others, to objects, ceases to be known or safe, and problems of apprehension (in the double sense of perceiving and of fearing) become central to the modern fantastic. A
  • Katie shared from Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion (New Accents) by Dr Rosemary Jackson
    Themes can be clustered into several related areas: (1) invisibility, (2) transformation, (3) dualism, (4) good versus evil. These generate a number of recurrent motifs: ghosts, shadows, vampires, werewolves, doubles, partial selves, reflections (mirrors), enclosures, monsters, beasts, cannibals. Transgressive
  • Katie shared from Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion (New Accents) by Dr Rosemary Jackson
    It would be impossible to arrive at a comprehensive list of all the various semantic features of the fantastic, but it is possible to see its thematic elements as deriving from the same source: a dissolution of separating categories, a foregrounding of those spaces which are hidden and cast into/as darkness, by the placing and naming of the ‘real’ through chronological temporal structures and three-dimensional spatial organization.
  • Katie shared from Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion (New Accents) by Dr Rosemary Jackson
    Themes of the fantastic in literature revolve around this problem of making visible the un-seen, of articulating the un-said. Fantasy establishes, or discovers, an absence of separating distinctions, violating a ‘normal’, or commonsense perspective which represents reality as constituted by discrete but connected units. Fantasy is preoccupied with limits, with limiting categories, and with their projected dissolution. It
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