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Behind the Frontiers of the Real

A Definition of the Fantastic

Authors: Roas, David

  • Offers for the first time an English translation of Roas' landmark work Tras los límites de lo real. Una definición de lo fantástico (2011)
  • Examines the works of some Spanish authors born between 1960 and 1975 in order to establish the poetics of the contemporary fantastic, as well as a series of figures from global media
  • Provides a concept of the fantastic as an aesthetic category that allows for a definition of a multidisciplinary nature which is valid for literature and film as well as theater, comics, videogames, or any other art form that reflects on the characteristic conflict within the fantastic between the real and the impossible
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About this book

This book offers a definition of the fantastic that establishes it as a discourse in constant intertextual relation with the construct of reality. In establishing the definition of the fantastic, leading scholar David Roas selects four central concepts that allow him to chart a fairly clear map of this terrain: reality, the impossible, fear, and language. These four concepts underscore the fundamental issues and problems that articulate any theoretical reflection on the fantastic: its necessary relationship to an idea of the real, its limits, its emotional and psychological effects on the receiver and the transgression of language that is undertaken when attempting to express what is, by definition, inexpressible as it is beyond the realms of the conceivable. By examining such concepts, the book explores multiple perspectives that are clearly interrelated: from literary and comparative theory to linguistics, via philosophy, science and cyberculture.

About the authors

David Roas is Associate Professor of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain, where he directs the Grupo de Estudios sobre lo Fantástico (GEF; Research Group on the Fantastic) and Brumal. Research Journal on the Fantastic. As a leading specialist in the fantastic, he has devoted several works to the field; among the most influential are Teorías de lo fantastico (2001), Hoffmann en España. Recepción e influencias (2002), and La sombra del cuervo. Edgar Allan Poe y la literatura fantástica española del siglo XIX (2011). He also writes short stories, such as Horrores cotidianos (2007), Distorsiones (2010; winner of The Eighth Annual Setenil Award for best Spanish book of stories), and Bienvenidos a Incaland® (2014).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Roas, David

    Pages 1-2

  • Reality

    Roas, David

    Pages 3-21

  • The Impossible

    Roas, David

    Pages 23-44

  • Fear

    Roas, David

    Pages 45-61

  • Language

    Roas, David

    Pages 63-82

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eBook 41,64 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-73733-1
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Hardcover 53,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-73732-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Softcover 53,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08846-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Behind the Frontiers of the Real
Book Subtitle
A Definition of the Fantastic
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73733-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73733-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73732-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08846-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 127
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