Terry Pratchett s Narrative Worlds

Terry Pratchett s Narrative Worlds

This book highlights the multi-dimensionality of the work of British fantasy writer and Discworld creator Terry Pratchett.

Author: Marion Rana

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319672984

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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This book highlights the multi-dimensionality of the work of British fantasy writer and Discworld creator Terry Pratchett. Taking into account content, political commentary, and literary technique, it explores the impact of Pratchett's work on fantasy writing and genre conventions.With chapters on gender, multiculturalism, secularism, education, and relativism, Section One focuses on different characters’ situatedness within Pratchett’s novels and what this may tell us about the direction of his social, religious and political criticism. Section Two discusses the aesthetic form that this criticism takes, and analyses the post- and meta-modern aspects of Pratchett’s writing, his use of humour, and genre adaptations and deconstructions. This is the ideal collection for any literary and cultural studies scholar, researcher or student interested in fantasy and popular culture in general, and in Terry Pratchett in particular.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Terry Pratchett s Ethical Worlds

Terry Pratchett s Ethical Worlds

Essays on Identity and Narrative in Discworld and Beyond Kristin Noone, Emily Lavin Leveret ... Terry Pratchett's Narrative Worlds: From Giant Turtles to Small Gods (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) 159–175. 3. All citations from this edition.

Author: Kristin Noone

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476638034

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 155

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Terry Pratchett's writing celebrates the possibilities opened up by inventiveness and imagination. It constructs an ethical stance that values informed and self-aware choices, knowledge of the world in which one makes those choices, the importance of play and humor in crafting a compassionate worldview, and acts of continuous self-examination and creation. This collection of essays uses inventiveness and creation as a thematic core to combine normally disparate themes, such as science fiction studies, the effect of collaborative writing and shared authorship, steampunk aesthetics, productive modes of "ownership," intertextuality, neomedievalism and colonialism, adaptations into other media, linguistics and rhetorics, and coming of age as an act of free will.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene

Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene

“Be a Witch, Be a Woman: Gendered Characterisation of Terry Pratchett's Witches.” In Terry Pratchett's Narrative Worlds: From Giant Turtles to Small Gods, edited by Marion Rana, 23–36. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Oziewicz, Marek. 2008.

Author: Marek Oziewicz

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350203365

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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The first study to look at the intersection of the discourse of the Anthropocene within the two highly influential and perennially popular storytelling modes of fantasy and myth, this book articulates the idea that if humanity is to have a future, it needs stories that articulate visions of a biocentric, ecological civilization. As the two story systems that have been humanity's most advanced technologies for collective dreaming, fantastic fiction and myths are helping us adopt a biocentric lens, re-kin us with other forms of life, and assist us in the transition to an ecological civilization. Deliberately moving away from dystopian narratives toward anticipatory imaginations of sustainable futures, this volume blends chapters by top scholars in the fields of climate fiction, science fiction, fantasy, myth, and Young-Adult literature studies with personal reflections by award-winning authors and illustrators of speculative fiction for young audiences such as Jeff Vandermeer, Shaun Tan, Jane Yolen, Katherine Applegate and Joseph Bruchac. Covering the works of major fantasy authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Terry Prachett, J. K. Rowling, China Mieville, Barbara Henderson, Jeanette Winterson, John Crowly, Richard Powers, George R. R. Martin and Kim Stanley Robinson, and offering interrogations of cultural expressions set in or from the UK, USA, Nigeria, Ghana, Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Australia, this book frames fantasy and myth as spaces where visions of sustainable futures can be designed with most detail and nuance. Rather than merely criticizing the ecocidal status quo, the book asks how Fantastic stories can mobilize resistance around ideas necessary for the emergence of an ecological civilization.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Terry Pratchett s Ethical Worlds

Terry Pratchett s Ethical Worlds

This collection of essays uses inventiveness and creation as a thematic core to combine normally disparate themes, such as science fiction studies, the effect of collaborative writing and shared authorship, steampunk aesthetics, productive ...

Author: Kristin Noone

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476674490

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 155

View: 166

Terry Pratchett's writing celebrates the possibilities opened up by inventiveness and imagination. It constructs an ethical stance that values informed and self-aware choices, knowledge of the world in which one makes those choices, the importance of play and humor in crafting a compassionate worldview, and acts of continuous self-examination and creation. This collection of essays uses inventiveness and creation as a thematic core to combine normally disparate themes, such as science fiction studies, the effect of collaborative writing and shared authorship, steampunk aesthetics, productive modes of "ownership," intertextuality, neomedievalism and colonialism, adaptations into other media, linguistics and rhetorics, and coming of age as an act of free will.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Representations of Masculinity in Literature and Film

Representations of Masculinity in Literature and Film

Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P. Pratchett, Terry. 2013. Dodger's Guide to London. London: Doubleday's Children. —. 2012. Dodger. London: Doubleday's Children. Rana, Marion, ed. 2018. Terry Pratchett's Narrative Worlds: From Giant Turtles ...

Author: Sara Martín

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527559301

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 302

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How are men represented on the printed page, the stage and the screen? What do these representations say about masculinity in the past, the present, and the future? The twelve essays in this volume explore the different ways in which men and masculinity have been represented, from the plays of William Shakespeare to the science fiction of Richard K. Morgan, passing through classic fiction by Emily Brontë and Charles Dickens, and popular favourites by Terry Pratchett and Isaac Asimov, without forgetting the Star Wars saga. Collectively, these essays argue that, although much has been written about men, it has been done from a perspective that does not see masculinity as a specific feature in need of critical appraisal. Men need to be made aware of how they are represented in order to alter the toxic patriarchal models handed down to them and even break the extant binary gender models. For that, it is important that men distinguish patriarchy from masculinity, as is done here, and form anti-patriarchal alliances with each other and with women. This book is, then, an invitation to men’s liberation from patriarchy by raising an awareness of its crippling constraints.
Categories: Performing Arts

Subcreation Fictional World Construction from J R R Tolkien to Terry Pratchett and Tad Williams

Subcreation  Fictional World Construction from J R R  Tolkien to Terry Pratchett and Tad Williams

... and every story tells a story that has already been told.” Jacqueline Simpson and Terry Pratchett (2008: 16) take up the same motif to describe the evolution of Discworld and the growth of its folklore: “Stories and beliefs grow and ...

Author: Stefanie Schult

Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH

ISBN: 9783832544195

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 242

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The doctorial thesis argues that the term Subcreation with its revised and broadened definition, in part differing from J.R.R. Tolkien's original term sub-creation, may be used for the discussion of the making of fictional worlds in literary discourse. The successful conception of a fictional world depends on the reader's willing suspension of disbelief. This depends both on the author and his skilled composition of the world and all its aspects, as well as on the reader's acceptance of this invented fictional world. The author needs to create a narrative with an inner consistency, which is crucial to achieving the effect of the reader's immersion in the fictional world. The fundamental aspects that an author needs to realize to achieve successful Subcreation have been structured into and analysed in four categories: Language and Linguistic Variation, Physiopoeia, Anthropoeia and Mythopoeia. Furthermore, this thesis shows that, as contemporary examples of fantastic literature, both Tad Williams's and Terry Pratchett's fictional worlds are successfully created through the realization of these aspects of Subcreation. Apart from commenting on the success of the subcreative process, this thesis also remarks upon the cultural influences both authors include in their writings. While both may be considered Anglophone in a general categorization, Pratchett's Discworld retains a feeling of 'Britishness' that is not to be found in Williams's Otherland. The thesis proposes several approaches to Subcreation that may be studied subsequently. So, for example, it may be possible to determine the success of an author's Subcreation by collecting empirical data. Apart from literary works this field of studies may also include other media.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Faith Thinking Second Edition

Faith Thinking  Second Edition

But, if the point of the text as narrative is to invite us to indwell the world offered there for our consideration ... of corporate identity upon the narrative worlds offered by Terry Pratchett or Mills and Boon would actually survive!

Author: Trevor Hart

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725277120

Category: Religion

Page: 334

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Faith Thinking provides a stimulating introduction to some vital questions of method in Christian theology. The book argues that faith commitments are necessary not in theology alone but in all serious acts of our knowing anything at all as human beings. Knowledge, in other words, is always bound to be the outcome of some process of “faith seeking understanding.” Fresh consideration is given too in this book to relationships obtaining between the authoritative canon of Scripture, tradition, and “reason” in the theological task. Finally, in this new edition an important reevaluation is undertaken of the potentially explosive impact of “truth claims” in a post-truth world.
Categories: Religion

Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction

Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction

Introducing Terry Pratchett Despite the fact that Pratchett's novels have sold well over 10 million copies - for some time there has been a joke that no British railway train is allowed to depart unless at least one passenger is reading ...

Author: Peter Hunt

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826477606

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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Edited by Morag Styles and written by an international team of acknowledged experts, this series provides jargon-free, critical discussion and a comprehensive guide to literary and popular texts for children. Each book introduces the reader to a major genre of children's literature, covering the key authors, major works and contexts in which those texts are published, read and studied. This book provides an illuminating guide to literature that creates alternative worlds for young readers. Focusing on the work of Ursula Le Guin, Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman, the book considers both the genre of ?alternative worlds? and the distinctiveness of these authors? texts, including Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Folktales and Fairy Tales Traditions and Texts from around the World 2nd Edition 4 volumes

Folktales and Fairy Tales  Traditions and Texts from around the World  2nd Edition  4 volumes

Traditions and Texts from around the World Anne E. Duggan Ph.D., Donald Haase Ph.D., Helen J. Callow ... Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature. ... Marvelous Geometry: Narrative and Metafiction in Modern Fairy Tale.

Author: Anne E. Duggan Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610692540

Category: Social Science

Page: 1590

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Encyclopedic in its coverage, this one-of-a-kind reference is ideal for students, scholars, and others who need reliable, up-to-date information on folk and fairy tales, past and present. • Provides encyclopedic coverage of folktales and fairy tales from around the globe • Covers not only the history of the fairy tale, but also topics of contemporary importance such as the fairy tale in manga, television, pop music, and music videos • Brings together the study of geography, culture, history, and anthropology • Revises and expands an award-winning work to now include a full volume of selected tales and texts
Categories: Social Science

Compass Points Building Your Story

Compass Points   Building Your Story

Excellent examples of world-building obviously include J R R Tolkien's Middle-Earth and Terry Pratchett's Discworld. The Discworld series of books are excellent examples ofthe world dominating the plot. Colourful characters abound and ...

Author: Kelly Lawrence

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781782796077

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 95

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A lively and comprehensive guide on the importance of structuring your plot with in-depth looks at different techniques and lots of practical advice, including at least one writing exercise in each chapter on topics such as building tension, staging drama, identifying and rectifying structural issues and internal and external plot journeys. So if you're struggling with structure or grappling with your plot points, this up-to-date and informative book is a terrific aid for both emerging and established writers alike.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines