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Terry Pratchett's narrative worlds : from giant turtles to small gods

Author: Marion Rana
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Series: Critical approaches to children's literature.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book highlights the multi-dimensionality of the work of British fantasy writer and Discworld creator Terry Pratchett. Taking into account content, political commentary, and literary technique, it explores the impact of Pratchett's work on fantasy writing and genre conventions. With chapters on gender, multiculturalism, secularism, education, and relativism, Section One focuses on different characters'  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Terry Pratchett's narrative worlds.
Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
(OCoLC)1000579238
Named Person: Terry Pratchett; Terry Pratchett
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marion Rana
ISBN: 9783319672984 3319672983
OCLC Number: 1023426483
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Intro; Contents; List of Contributors; List of Figures; Chapter 1: Shedding the â#x80;#x98;Light Fantasticâ#x80;#x99; on Terry Pratchettâ#x80;#x99;s Narrative Worlds: An Introduction; The Structure of this Book; Bibliography; Primary Sources; Secondary Sources; Audio Sources; Part I: Populating Discworld and Beyond: Characters, Criticism and Social Commentary; Chapter 2: Be a Witch, Be a Woman: Gendered Characterisation of Terry Pratchettâ#x80;#x99;s Witches; Introduction: Binary Magic; â#x80;#x98;Hard Work and Self-Denialâ#x80;#x99;: Witchcraft and Emotional Labour; Maiden and Mother: Witchcraft, Romance and Family. Guarding the Edges: Witchcraft and MarginalisationBibliography; Primary Sources; Secondary Sources; Chapter 3: â#x80;#x98;Not the Most Stable of Creaturesâ#x80;#x99;: Female Monstrosity and Gender Negotiations in the Character of Angua von Uberwald; Werewolf, Woman, Watchman: Anguaâ#x80;#x99;s Intersectional Identities; Narrative Functions of Anguaâ#x80;#x99;s Feminisation; Alternative Femininities as Reference Points; Social, Romantic and Self-Acceptance; â#x80;#x98;You Could Only Control the Werewolf, You Couldnâ#x80;#x99;t Tame Itâ#x80;#x99;58: Domestication of the Monstrous; Bibliography; Primary Sources; Secondary Sources. Chapter 4: â#x80;#x98;There Is No Race So Wretched That There Is Not Something Out There That Cares for Themâ#x80;#x99;: Multiculturalism, Understanding, Empathy and Prejudice in DiscworldAnkh-Morpork: Living Together in Difference; Dwarfs and Trolls: Pride, Fundamentalism and Prejudice; Human Privilege, Nationalism and Radicalisation; Shifting Perspectives on Speciesâ#x80;#x99; Rights and Intersectionality; Humans: Racism and Complexity; Multiculturalism and Politics; Demonisation, Othering, Objectification and Goblins; Othering, Economic Migration and Golems. Assimilation Versus Multiculturalism: GoblinsAssimilation Versus Multiculturalism: Within the Watch; The Dominance and Limits of Social Cohesion; Conclusion; Bibliography; Chapter 5: And the World Continues to Spinâ#x80;Œ: Secularism and Demystification in Good Omens; The Cracked Mirror of Eschatological Fantasy; â#x80;#x98;Was That One of Yours?â#x80;#x99;: Immortal Morals and Mortal Amorality; Prophecies Running Late: Demystifying the Mystical; All Too Human: The Antichrist; Secular Fantasyâ#x80;#x94;A Good Omen for the Genre?; Bibliography; Primary Works Cited; Secondary Works Cited; Works Consulted. Chapter 6: (Non- )Formal Education in Terry Pratchettâ#x80;#x99;s Discworld Novels: Mortâ#x80;#x99;s Apprenticeship, Tiffanyâ#x80;#x99;s Coming of Age, Susanâ#x80;#x99;s Learning Path and the Unseen UniversityNon-formal Education; Mortâ#x80;#x99;s Apprenticeship; Tiffanyâ#x80;#x99;s Coming of Age; Formal Education; The Education of Susan Sto Helit: The Quirm College for Young Ladies and the Learning Through Play School; Unseen University: Higher Education for Wizards; Conclusion; Literature; Primary Literature; Secondary Literature.
Series Title: Critical approaches to children's literature.
Responsibility: Marion Rana, editor.

Abstract:

This book highlights the multi-dimensionality of the work of British fantasy writer and Discworld creator Terry Pratchett. Taking into account content, political commentary, and literary technique, it explores the impact of Pratchett's work on fantasy writing and genre conventions. With chapters on gender, multiculturalism, secularism, education, and relativism, Section One focuses on different characters' situatedness within Pratchett's novels and what this may tell us about the direction of his social, religious and political criticism. Section Two discusses the aesthetic form that this criticism takes, and analyses the post- and meta-modern aspects of Pratchett's writing, his use of humour, and genre adaptations and deconstructions. This is the ideal collection for any literary and cultural studies scholar, researcher or student interested in fantasy and popular culture in general, and in Terry Pratchett in particular. Marion Rana is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bremen, Germany, where she is in charge of a project analysing the negotiation of deafness in children's literature. She is one of the publishers of interjuli, an international journal for research in children's literature. Her recent publications deal with disability poetry, the commodification of sexuality in dystopian fiction, as well as categories of simplicity and the use of Young Adult literature in the foreign language classroom.

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