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Modern Fantasy . ELE 300 Children’s Literature. Modern Fantasy. …refers to the body of literature in which the events, the settings, or the characters are outside the realm of possibility. A fantasy is a story that cannot happen in the real world. Magic Other worlds Good versus evil

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modern fantasy

Modern Fantasy

ELE 300

Children’s Literature

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Modern Fantasy

…refers to the body of literature in which the events, the settings, or the characters are outside the realm of possibility. A fantasy is a story that cannot happen in the real world.

six basic fantasy motifs
Magic

Other worlds

Good versus evil

Fantastic objects

Special character types

Heroism

Six Basic Fantasy Motifs
categories of modern fantasy
Categories of Modern Fantasy
  • Literary Folk and Fairy Tales
  • Fantasy Novels
  • Science Fiction
animal fantasy
Animal Fantasy
  • Animals behave as humans
  • Many animal characteristics retained
  • Author interprets the animal
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • Runaway Ralph
personified toys and objects
Personified Toys and Objects
  • Toys and objects brought to life
  • Objects become real to human protagonist
  • Responsibilities of parenthood often assumed by child protagonist
  • The Adventures of Pinocchio
worlds of little people
Worlds of Little People
  • Miniature people who developed culture own own in this or another world
  • The Borrowers
  • Gulliver’s Travels
peculiar characters and strange situations
Peculiar Characters andStrange Situations
  • Ridiculous or exaggerated situations
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Tuck Everlasting
historical fantasy
Historical Fantasy
  • Time Warp - the protagonist goes back in time to a different era
  • Contrast between two time periods is shown through the eyes of the protagonist
  • The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
high fantasy
Adventure stories with a search motif

Pursuit for a lofty purpose

High fantasy

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

High Fantasy
variants lampoons and sequels
Variants, Lampoons, and Sequels
  • Varies by point of view or story line
  • May offer a different perspective to the traditional tale
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