Stulecie fantastyczne, stulecie fantasy: Literatura fantasy, rehabilitacja mitu

Marek Oziewicz

A Fantastic Century, a Century of Fantasy: Fantasy Literature, Rehabilitation of Myth, and the Search for a New Story of a Unified Earth

Literature-wise, the twentieth century was a century of the fantastic. The mode’s most recognizable genre so far has been mythopoeic fantasy. This paper attempts to provide cultural situatedness for the genre. I suggest that mythopoeic fantasy is an imaginative response to challenges facing humanity after the disintegration of Western culture’s common ground. Tied to the rehabilitation of myth and reflecting a search for a conceptual paradigm suited to the needs of the unifying world, mythopoeic fantasy contributes to the shaping of the modern mythology of the unifying human race.

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