Gender-identity and sexuality in current sub-genres of British fantasy literature: do we have a problem?

Dalton, Adam James ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7993-8805 (2017) Gender-identity and sexuality in current sub-genres of British fantasy literature: do we have a problem? In: Gender identity and sexuality in current fantasy and science fiction. Barbini, Francesca, ed. Luna Press Publishing, Edinburgh, pp. 57-82. pbk-ISBN 9781911143246, e-ISBN 9781911143253. [Book Section]

Abstract

The article/chapter considers why authors of fantasy, in trying to introduce more diverse representation into their work or to break away from the conventions of the genre, find themselves variously accused of racism, homophobia, misogyny and cultural appropriation. The article identifies how the 'epic fantasy' of the 1980s and 1990s was implicitly 'white and patriarchal', and how that sub-genre did so much to define and dominate the genre. Subsequent, inheriting sub-genres of fantasy - 'urban fantasy', 'dark fantasy', 'metaphysical fantasy' and 'grimdark fantasy', to name but a few - have had to work through, within and around the framework of the 'white and patriarchal' fantasy narrative in order to discover their own voices and representation. However, the article provides evidence that these later sub-genres have only succeeded up to a certain point.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: The book was the Winner of the BFS Awards 2018
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 28472
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Depositing User: Adam Dalton
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 15:51
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2020 09:50
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28472

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