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Critical fantasy studies

Glynos, Jason (2020) 'Critical fantasy studies.' Journal of Language and Politics. ISSN 1569-2159

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Abstract

>Many scholars have drawn attention to the affective power that aspects of discourse and practice exert in our social and political life. Fantasy is a concept that, like structures of feeling, rhetoric, myth, metaphor, and utopia, has generated illuminating explanatory and interpretive insights with which to better understand the operation of this power. In this piece I argue that there are distinctive virtues in affirming the value of the category of fantasy, from a theoretical point of view. Importantly, however, I also argue that the qualification ‘critical’ in <jats:italic>Critical Fantasy Studies</jats:italic> captures something about how such studies can draw out the normative, ideological, and politico-strategic implications of psychoanalytic insights and observations, and thus become part of a broader enterprise in critical theoretical and empirical research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: discourse theory; critique of ideology; poststructuralism; discourse analysis; normative critique; fantasy; post-marxism
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2020 16:02
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2020 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29347

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