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Mendlesohn, Farah

Works: 30 works in 175 publications in 2 languages and 8,512 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Redactor
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Publications about Farah Mendlesohn
Publications by Farah Mendlesohn
Most widely held works by Farah Mendlesohn
The Cambridge companion to science fiction by Edward James( file )
36 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 2,065 libraries worldwide
Science fiction is at the intersection of numerous fields. It is literature which draws on popular culture, and engages in speculation about science, history, and all varieties of social relations. This volume brings together essays by scholars and practitioners of science fiction, which look at the genre from different angles. It examines science fiction from Thomas More to the present day; and introduces important critical approaches (including Marxism, postmodernism, feminism and queer theory)
Rhetorics of fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn( file )
17 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,845 libraries worldwide
"Transcending arguments over the definition of fantasy literature, [this book] introduces a ... new system of classification for the genre. Utilizing nearly two hundred examplkes of modern fantasy, [the] author ... uses this system to explore how fiction writers construct their fantastic worlds. Mendelsohn posits four categories of fantasy ... that arise out of the relationship of the protagonist to the fantasy world. Using these sets, Mendelsohn argues that the author's stylistic decisions are then shaped by the inescapably political demands of the category in which they choose to write. Each chapter covers at least twenty books in detail, ranging from nineteenth-century fantasy and horror to extensive coverage of some of the best books in the contemporary field. ..."--Back cover
On Joanna Russ by Farah Mendlesohn( file )
7 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,425 libraries worldwide
Joanna Russ, a feminist writer best known for The Female Man (1975), has produced a lot of fiction and essays whose influence has been wide-ranging and complex. Her many publications include How to Suppress Women's Writing (1983), and she has won both of science fiction's most prestigious awards. The essays in this volume examine every aspect of Russ's body of work and provide a critical assessment. The first part of the book, "Criticism and Community," gives readers a context for and overview of Russ's works, and includes discussions of Russ's role in the creation of a feminist science fiction tradition. The second part, "Fiction," offers detailed analyses of some of Russ's writing
Diana Wynne Jones : children's literature and the fantastic tradition by Farah Mendlesohn( file )
16 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 897 libraries worldwide
"Diana Wynne Jones has been writing speculative fiction for children for more than thirty years. A clear influence on more recent writers such as J.K. Rowling, her humorous and exciting stories of wizards' academies, dragons, and griffins - many published for children but read by all ages - are also complexly structured and thought provoking critiques of the fantasy tradition. This book is the first sustained study of Jones's work. Here, renowned science fiction critic and historian Farah Mendlesohn provides a comprehensive overview of Jones's oeuvre and examines her important critiques of the fantastic tradition's ideas about childhood and adolescence
A short history of fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn( file )
25 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 781 libraries worldwide
Some of the earliest books written 'The Epic of Gilgamesh, and the Odyssey' are fantasy, dealing with monsters, marvels, extraordinary voyages and magic. Fantasy remained an essential part of European literature until the rise of the modern realist novel. But even then fantasy remained popular, in the guise of Gothic horror, the ghost story, the fairytale and stories of imaginary worlds: it was in part a reaction to the Enlightenment, to realism and to industrialisation. This book traces the history of fantasy from the earliest years through to the origins of modern fantasy in the twentieth century. From the 1950s (when Tolkien published The Lord of the Rings and Lewis published the Narnia books) the story is dealt with decade by decade. In the 1980s, fantasy earned its own section in bookshops in the English-speaking world and beyond, and by the end of the 1990s, fantasy writers such as Terry Pratchett and J.K. Rowling had become the best-selling writers in Britain, while Tolkien was a best-seller in all the major languages of the world. A Short History of Fantasy explores the great variety of fiction published under the heading 'fantasy' in the twenty-first century, and also seeks to explain its continuing and growing popularity
The Cambridge companion to fantasy literature by Edward James( Book )
18 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 613 libraries worldwide
"Fantasy is not so much a mansion as a row of terraced houses, such as the one that entranced us in C.S. Lewis's The Magician's Nephew with its connecting attics, each with a door that leads into another world. There are shared walls, and a certain level of consensus around the basic bricks, but the internal decor can differ wildly, and the lives lived in these terraced houses are discrete yet overheard. Fantasy literature has proven tremendously difficult to pin down. The major theorists in the field - Tzvetan Todorov, Rosemary Jackson, Kathryn Hume, W.R. Irwin and Colin Manlove - all agree that fantasy is about the construction of the impossible whereas science fiction may be about the unlikely, but is grounded in the scientifically possible. But from there these critics quickly depart, each to generate definitions of fantasy which include the texts that they value and exclude most of what general readers think of as fantasy. Most of them consider primarily texts of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. If we turn to twentieth-century fantasy, and in particular the commercially successful fantasy of the second half of the twentieth century, then, after Tolkien's classic essay, 'On Fairy Stories', the most valuable theoretical text for taking a definition of fantasy beyond preference and intuition is Brian Attebery's Strategies of Fantasy (1992)"--
Children's fantasy literature : an introduction by Michael Levy( Book )
8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 391 libraries worldwide
Fantasy has been an important and much-loved part of children's literature for hundreds of years, yet relatively little has been written about it. Children's Fantasy Literature traces the development of the tradition of the children's fantastic -- fictions specifically written for children and fictions appropriated by them -- from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, examining the work of Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, C. S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, J. K. Rowling and others from across the English-speaking world. The volume considers changing views on both the nature of the child and on the appropriateness of fantasy for the child reader, the role of children's fantasy literature in helping to develop the imagination, and its complex interactions with issues of class, politics and gender. The text analyses hundreds of works of fiction, placing each in its appropriate context within the tradition of fantasy literature
The inter-galactic playground : a critical study of children's and teens' science fiction by Farah Mendlesohn( Book )
8 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 256 libraries worldwide
"This book considers the development of science fiction for children and teens between 1950 and 2010, exploring why it differs from science fiction aimed at adults. In a broader sense, this examination of 400 texts sheds light on changing attitudes toward children and teenagers, toward science education, and toward the authors' expectations and sociological views of their audience"--Provided by publisher
Quaker relief work in the Spanish Civil War by Farah Mendlesohn( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 63 libraries worldwide
Terry Pratchett : guilty of literature ( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 48 libraries worldwide
Terry Pratchett: guilty of literature ( Book )
3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
The true knowledge of Ken MacLeod ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
The parliament of dreams : conferring on Babylon 5 ( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 15 libraries worldwide
A celebration of British science fiction ( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
Glorifying terrorism : an anthology of original science fiction ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
Eine kurze Geschichte der Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn( Book )
3 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in German and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Spring flowering by Farah Mendlesohn( file )
1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Polder : a festschrift for John Clute and Judith Clute ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
Practising peace: American and British Quaker relief in the Spanish Civil War by Farah Mendlesohn( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Practising peace : American and British relief in the Spanish Civil War by Farah Mendlesohn( Archival Material )
4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Farah Mendlesohn British academic and writer on science fiction and fantasy literature
Farah Mendlesohn Brits hooglerares
Farah Mendlesohn brittisk akademiker och science fiction-kritiker
Farah Mendlesohn Hochschuldozent aus Vereinigtes Königreich
Mendlesohn, Farah J. 1968-
Mendlesohn, Farah Jane 1968-
English (160)
German (3)
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