Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology

Fimi, D. (2017) Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology. Series: Critical approaches to children's literature. Palgrave Macmillan: London. ISBN 9781137552815 (doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-55282-2)

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Based on adaptation theory, reception studies, archival research and interviews with authors, the book explores the construction of “Celtic” identities in contemporary children’s fantasy novels, both in the British Isles and in their diasporas, by authors from the 1960s till the 2010s (e.g. Alan Garner, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander, Pat O’Shea, Catherine Fisher, etc.). My research has found that these texts contribute to the shaping of a “popular” perception of the “Celtic” past, contrary to scholarly, evidence-based understandings of national and cultural history. The book is already in 133 academic libraries worldwide, it was runner-up for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award (2017), and it has led to two keynote lectures (Aberdeen, 2017; Glasgow, 2018), and one article in the TLS (2017). In his review, Professor Brian Attebery described it as “a clear, substantial, and original contribution to fantasy studies”.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fimi, Professor Dimitra
Authors: Fimi, D.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
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