© 1999

The Fantasy Literature of England


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Colin Manlove
    Pages 1-9
  3. Colin Manlove
    Pages 10-36
  4. Colin Manlove
    Pages 37-63
  5. Colin Manlove
    Pages 64-89
  6. Colin Manlove
    Pages 90-113
  7. Colin Manlove
    Pages 114-141
  8. Colin Manlove
    Pages 142-165
  9. Colin Manlove
    Pages 166-190
  10. Colin Manlove
    Pages 191-199
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 200-222

About this book


In this, the first book on English fantasy, Colin Manlove shows that for all its immense diversity, English Fantasy can best be understood in terms of its strong national character, rather than as an international genre. Showing its development from Beowulf to Blake, the author describes English Fantasy's modern growth through secondary world, metaphysical, emotive, comic, subversive and children's fantasy. In them all England has led the world, with authors as different as Chaucer, Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and Salman Rushdie.


Chaucer English literature William Blake British and Irish Literature

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

About the authors

COLIN MANLOVE is writer and formerly Reader in English Literature, University of Edinburgh. This will be his twelfth book and his ninth on fantasy literature, His previous books include Christian Fantasy: From 1200 to the Present, The Impulse of Fantasy Literature and Scottish Fantasy Literature: A Critical Survey.

Bibliographic information


'...this volume's concentrated overviews, especially of children's books, constitute an excellent introduction to both fantasy and his more detailed studies.' - R.E. Jones, Choice

' important resource for other scholars who are interested in exploring the detailed and theoretically nuanced answers...' - Mavis Reimer, The Lion and the Unicorn