Critical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genre

Fantasy Literature

Challenging Genres

Editors: Fabrizi, Mark A. (Ed.)

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  • This volume marries critical literacy pedagogy with fantasy literature, something no other book does, describing specific approaches teachers can use for a wide variety of fantasy works while providing the theoretical foundations which enable teachers to extend the approaches to works not addressed in the chapters.
  • The fantasy works discussed in this text are wide-ranging, semi-canonical works within the fantasy genre—works most likely to be taught in classrooms.
  • Chapters are written by scholars, teachers, and authors of fantasy, providing a unique blend of perspectives from which to explore the fantasy literature genre.
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Fantasy literature, often derided as superficial and escapist, is one of the most popular and enduring genres of fiction worldwide. It is also—perhaps surprisingly—thought-provoking, structurally complex, and relevant to contemporary society, as the essays in this volume attest. The scholars, teachers, and authors represented here offer their perspectives on this engaging genre.
Within these pages, a reader will find a wealth of ideas to help teachers use these texts in the classroom, challenging students to read fantasy with a critical eye. They employ interdisciplinary, philosophical, and religious lenses, as well as Marxist and feminist critical theory, to help students unlock texts. The books discussed include epic fantasy by such authors as Tolkien and Le Guin, children’s fantasy by Beatrix Potter and Saint-Exupéry, modern fantasy by Rowling and Martin, and even fairy tales and comic books. The contributors offer provocations, questioning the texts and pushing the boundaries of meaning within the fantasy genre. And in doing so, they challenge readers themselves to ponder these tales more deeply.
But through each of these chapters runs a profound love of the genre and a respect for those who produce such beautiful and moving stories. Furthermore, as with all the books in this series, this volume is informed by the tenets of critical pedagogy, and is focused on re-envisioning fantasy literature through the lens of social justice and empowerment. Prepare to be challenged and inspired as you read these explorations of a much-loved genre.

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“Each of the chapters in this volume suggests a way in which teachers in secondary and university education can use popular works of Fantasy Literature to teach critical literacy. … it is likely that many teachers of religion will find helpful ideas and suggestions in this book for weaving popular culture and critical literacy into their courses.” (Erik Hammerstrom, Reflective Teaching, wabashcenter.wabash.edu, December, 2017)




Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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eBook $49.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-6300-758-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fantasy Literature
Book Subtitle
Challenging Genres
Editors
  • Mark A. Fabrizi
Series Title
Critical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genre
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6300-758-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6300-758-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 234
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