The Fantastic : A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre

Description

In The Fantastic, Tzvetan Todorov seeks to examine both generic theory and a particular genre, moving back and forth between a poetics of the fantastic itself and a metapoetics or theory of theorizing, even as he suggest that one must, as a critic, move back and forth between theory and history, between idea and fact. His work on the fantastic is indeed about a historical phenomenon that we recognize, about specific works that we may read, but it is also about the use and abuse of generic theory. As an essay in fictional poetics, The Fantastic is consciously structuralist in its approach to the generic subject. Todorov seeks linguistic bases for the structural features he notes in a variety of fantastic texts, including Potocki's The Sargasso Manuscript, Nerval's Aurelia, Balzac's The Magic Skin, the Arabian Nights, Cazotte's Le Diable Amoureux, Kafka's The Metamorphosis, and tales by E. T. A. Hoffman, Charles Perrault, Guy de Maupassant, Nicolai Gogol, and Edgar A. Poe.

Details

Author(s)
Tsvetan Todorov, Richard Howard, Robert Scholes
Format
Paperback | 190 pages
Dimensions
142.24 x 208.79 x 13.21mm | 170g
Publication date
31 May 1975
Publisher
Cornell University Press
Publication City/Country
Ithaca, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0801491460
ISBN13
9780801491467
Bestsellers rank
56,361