To Read (Academic)

Here you can find a recommended reading list - from myself and other sources - of academic texts relating to the fantasy genre. I hope that you find the works in this list interesting, though-provoking, and inspiring. 

I will be continuously adding to this list as my journey to become an expert continues and progresses. Check here for further updates!

 Please know that these have been listed in no particular order.

Looks at Fantasy genre as a whole:
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction - Jeff Vandermeer
  • A Short History of Fantasy - Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James
  • Get Started In: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy - Adam Roberts 
  • Fantasy Fiction: An Introduction - Lucie Armitt
  • Strategies of Fantasy - Brian Attebery
  • The Writer's Map - ed. Huw Lewis-Jones
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell
  • The Encyclopedia of Fantasy - eds. John Clute and John Grant
  • Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion - Rosemary Jackson
  • The Tough Guide to Fantasyland - Diana Wynne Jones
  • Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature - ed. Frank N. Magill
  • The Game of the Impossible: A Rhetoric of Fantasy - W.R. Irwin
  • The Impulse of Fantasy Literature - C.N. Manlove
  • Rhetorics of Fantasy - Farah Mendlesohn
  • St James Guide to Fantasy Writers - ed. David Pringle
  • The Aesthetics of Fantasy Literature and Art - Roger C. Schlobin
  • Historical Dictionary of Fantsy Literature - Brian Stableford
  • 'Considering the Sense of 'Fantasy' or 'Fantasic Fiction': An Effusion' - Darko Suvin
  • The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre - Tzvetan Todorov
  • The Monsters and the Critics: and Other Essays - J.R.R. Tolkien (ed. Christopher Tolkein) 
  • The Hills of Faraway: A Guide to Fantasy - Diana Waggoner
  • Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Glossary and Guide to Scholarship - Gary K. Wolfe
Looks at more specifc areas of the Fantasy genre:
  • The Fantasy Tradition in American Literature: from Irving to Le Guin - Brian Attebery
  • Fantasy and Horror: A Critical and Hiistorical Guide to Literature - ed. Neil Barron
  • A Guide to Supernatural Fiction - E.F. Bleiler
  • Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children's Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper - Charles Butler
  • Kiddie Lit: The Cultural Construction of Children's Literature in America - Beverly Lyon Clarke
  • Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: The Makers of Heroic Fantasy - L. Sprague de Camp
  • Fantasy and Mimesis: Responses to Reality in Western Literature - Kathryn Hume
  • The Weird Tale: Arthur Machem, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, M.R. James, Ambrise Bierce, H.P. Lovecraft - S.T. Joshi
  • Of This and Other Worlds - C.S. Lewis
  • The Fantasy Literature of England - C.N. Manlove
  • Wizadry and Wild Romance - Michael Moorcock
  • Graphs, Maps and Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History - Franco Moretti
  • The Golden Bough: A Study in Comparative Religion - James Frazer

A Short History of Fantasy - Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James
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