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Urban fantasy — literatura Niewidocznego

Journal article
Authors Stefan Ekman
Published in Creatio Fantastica
Volume 58
Issue 1
Pages 7-27
ISSN 2300-2514
Publication year 2018
Published at Swedish National Data Service (SND)
Pages 7-27
Language pl
Links https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1419...
https://gup.ub.gu.se/file/207559
Keywords urban fantasy, samhällskritik, definitioner
Subject categories General Literature Studies, Specific Literatures

Abstract

This article analyses the nature of urban fantasy by aggregating the claims, suggestions, and observations made by several different accounts of what urban fantasy is. These accounts comprise six scholarly sources and four sources written by people who are producers and purveyors of urban fantasy. An eleventh “account” is made up of the impressions conveyed by a vast number of book covers identified through Google Image Search. These eleven accounts are analysed with regard to their views on worlds and settings, cities and urbanity, central characters, and the sources of fantastic elements. Finally, the article presents how three major threads in the accounts reveal that urban fantasy has a central, thematic concern with the Unseen. This Unseen is largely related to a social Other that portrays unpleasant aspects of urban life, such as criminality, homelessness, addiction, prostitution, and physical and sexual abuse.

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