The American Fantasy Tradition



From The Ancient Tales Of Long Dead Civilizations To The Wild Success Of J R R Tolkien S Lord Of The Rings, Fantasy Has Fired Our Imaginations For As Long As There Has Been Story Whether Sweeping Sagas Of Fantastic Adventures Or Cautionary Tales Told Around The Campfire, Fantasy Is Deeply Woven Into The Very Fabric Of Humanity, Wearing Many Faces And Coming In Many Flavors But What Fantasy Is Distinctly American The American Fantasy Tradition Sets Out To Answer This Very Question This Comprehensive Critical Anthology Of American Fantasy Literature Applies The Groundbreaking Theorems Of Such Esteemed American Literary Critics As Leslie Fiedler, Richard Chase, And Irving Howe To The Genre Of Fantasy In An Effort To Delineate The True American Tradition Of Fantasy From The Prominent Anglo European Canon, Breaking It Down Into Three Distinctive Strains The American Tale Folk, Tall, And WeirdStories That Might Be Considered Fables Or Legends, Much Like The Epics Of The Age Of Heroes From The Classical Eras Of Rome And Greece, Or The Tales Of The Fairy Folk From The European Tradition, Or The Fables Of Aesop Fantastic AmericanaStories Set Directly Within The American Historic Landscape, Much As The Arthurian Tradition Is Set Within The Confines Of British History Lands Of Enchantment In Everyday LifeStories That Involve What Might Be Called The American Spirit, Focusing On Worlds That Exist In The Shadows Of Our Own, Just Beyond Rod Serling S Famous Signpost For The Twilight Zone.The American Fantasy Tradition

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  • Hardcover
  • 544 pages
  • The American Fantasy Tradition
  • Brian M. Thomsen
  • English
  • 02 September 2018
  • 0765301520

10 thoughts on “The American Fantasy Tradition

  1. says:

    I went back and forth between three and four stars on this one I did like it It s very long, though, and there are a few stories in there that just didn t grab me But that s okay, and what you might expect in a short story compilation The tales in this volume date all the way back to Rip Van Winkle, which is the first story in the book It is divided into three sections, part 1 being Folk, Tall and Weird Tales This part also includes Uncle Remus stories, which, of cou...

  2. says:

    Like the boy who grew tired of imitating his big brother, American fantasy writers found their own identity Some say that America is too young to have a unique mythmaking tradition, but her history is too unique not to have one Thomsen s compilation gives some ammunition to that argument Not all of his chosen short stories grabbed my attention, but I walked away thinking there is an American take on fantasy that replaces hierarchical clans and kingdoms with ordinary men stepping alone into Like the boy who grew tired of imitating his big brother, American fantasy writers found their own identity Some say that America is too young to have a unique mythmaking tradition, but her history is too unique not to have one Thomsen s compilatio...

  3. says:

    Really, I can t believe the high reviews that people have given to this, frankly, poorly researched anthology At first presenting his book as an academic anthology through which he hopes to delineate a specific tradition of American fantasy from European fantasy, Thomson, like so many anthologists when they use the term American, seems to really mean a fantasy tradition of straight white men writing in the United States or Canada Markedly, there are only four female authors included in the t Really, I can t believe the high reviews that people have given to this, frankly, poorly researched anthology At first presenting his book as an academic anthology through which he hopes to delineate a specific tradition of American fantasy from European fantasy, Thomson, like so many anthologists when they use the term American, seems to really mean a fantasy tradition of straight white men writing in the United States or Canada Markedly, there are only four female authors included in the text and not a single author of color or queer author, which, perhaps, would have simply warranted a 2 or 3 stars from me were it not for his introduction At once claiming to present the reader with a collection representative of an American fantasy tradition, Thomsen expresses a complete awareness of the exclusions of the text, noting to the reader that, while he could of actually done the research, he s simply a po...

  4. says:

    This is a truly incredible collection of American speculative fiction by its best authors Of the many excellent stories old and new I think the one that stood out the most for me was by Harlan Ellison, based on an incident in New York in which a woman was brutally murdered, right out in the open, and no one NO ONE did anything about it No help, not even any calls to the police as it happened A speculation on the demons who must have been present in the hearts and homes of those who witnes This is a truly incredible collection of American speculative fiction by its best authors Of the many excellent stories old and new I think the one that stood out the most for me was by Harlan Ell...

  5. says:

    Favorite inclusions The Shadow Over Innsmouth by Lovecraft, Dead Run by Greg Bear and Mrs Todd s Shortcut by Stephen King The last is super memorable, beautiful and eerie Also classics like Children of the Corn and The Yellow Wallpaper.

  6. says:

    Great collection of classic stories some of which are truly creepy.

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