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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

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.


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Magic

Other worlds

Good versus evil

Fantastic objects

Special character types

Heroism

Six Basic Fantasy Motifs


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Categories of Modern Fantasy

  • Literary Folk and Fairy Tales

  • Fantasy Novels

  • Science Fiction


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Animal Fantasy

  • Animals behave as humans

  • Many animal characteristics retained

  • Author interprets the animal

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit

  • Runaway Ralph


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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


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Worlds of Little People

  • Miniature people who developed culture own own in this or another world

  • The Borrowers

  • Gulliver’s Travels


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Peculiar Characters andStrange Situations

  • Ridiculous or exaggerated situations

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  • James and the Giant Peach

  • Tuck Everlasting


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Ghost stories

Mysteries

Witchcraft

Supernatural Tales


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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


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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


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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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