Portals of power [electronic resource] : magical agency and transformation in literary fantasy / Lori M. Campbell.

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Published: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2010.
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Series:Critical explorations in science fiction and fantasy ; 19.
Format: Electronic eBook
Summary:Fantasy writing, like literature in general, provides a powerful vehicle for challenging the status quo. Via symbolism, imagery and supernaturalism, fantasy constructs secondary-world narratives that both mirror and critique the political paradigms of our own world. This critical work explores the role of the portal in fantasy, investigating the ways in which magical nexus points and movement between worlds are used to illustrate real-world power dynamics, especially those impacting women and children. Through an examination of high and low fantasy, fairy tales, children's literature, the Gothic, and science fiction, the portal is identified as a living being, place or magical object of profound metaphorical and cultural significance.
Physical Description:1 online resource (x, 216 p.)
Other format:Print version: Campbell, Lori M. Portals of power. 9780786446452
Notes:Bib#: 1994536
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:Critical explorations in science fiction and fantasy ; 19
ISBN:9780786456550 (electronic bk.)
0786456558 (electronic bk.)