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A good study of the fantasy genre and its sub-categories (animal fantasy, worlds in parallel, secondary worlds, etc.). It could be used by aspiring fantasy authors to learn the various sub-genres and their construction. I do, however, disagree with Swinfen's analysis of the writings of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Though the title has "defense" in it, the genre hardly needs one. I think the actual defense was not mentioned until the last chapter, where the author mentions the genre has been accused o ...more
In defense of Fantasy by Ann Swinfen is extensive view of defining and approaching fantasy. The Basic important question related about fantasy, such as, what is fantasy, what is the goal behind it, or what makes it unique and a different from the realist fiction. She examines fantasy works since 1945, and she raises the question of does Tolkien had made this type of fiction more acceptable. Ann puts a hand on the morals behind most of fantasy fiction, and not only in the British works, but also ...more
Ann Swinfen spent her childhood partly in England and partly on the east coast of America. She read Classics and Mathematics at Oxford, where she married a fellow undergraduate, the historian David Swinfen. While bringing up their five children and studying for an MSc in Mathematics and a BA and PhD in English Literature, she had a variety of jobs, including university lecturer, translator, freela ...more