What is Fantasy, and Who Decides? - Oklahoma Center for the Humanities

What is Fantasy, and Who Decides?

Join us September 20 at 7 p.m. at 101 E. Archer in Tulsa’s Arts District.

Help us celebrate the launch of The Palgrave Handbook of Global Fantasy! On September 20, co-editors Elana Gomel & Danielle Gurevitch will explore the questions: what is fantasy, and who decides?

The Palgrave Handbook of Global Fantasy is the first-of-its-kind comprehensive overview of fantasy outside the Anglo-American hegemony. While most academic studies follow the well-trodden path of fantasy, focusing on Tolkien, Rowling, and others, this collection spotlights rich and unique fantasy literatures in India, Australia, Italy, Greece, Poland, Russia, China, and many other areas of Europe, Asia, and the global South.

The first section focuses on the theoretical aspects of the fantasy genre, broadening and modifying existing definitions to accommodate its global reach.

The second section contains essays illuminating specific cultures, countries, and religious or ethnic traditions. From Aboriginal myths to (self)-representation in Tibet; from the appropriation of the Polish Witcher by American pop culture to modern Greek fantasy that does not rely on stories of Olympian deities; from Israeli vampires to Talmudic sages, this collection is an indispensable read for anyone interested in fantasy fiction and global literature.

Gomel & Gurevitch will provide an overview of the book and its major moves. They’ll also highlight a few chapters in the collection, sharing the insights and values of an expanded definition of fantasy literature. Plus, if you arrive early, you’ll get a complimentary Dungeons and Dragons dice set. Join us to discuss the breadth and depth of one of the world’s most recognizable genres!

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