Terry Pratchett's Narrative Worlds

From Giant Turtles to Small Gods

  • Marion Rana

Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Populating Discworld and Beyond: Characters, Criticism and Social Commentary

  3. Crafting Narratives: Literary Techniques and Genre Adaptations

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 247-254

About this book


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.

Marion Rana is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bremen, Germany, where she is

in charge of a project analysing the negotiation of deafness in children’s literature. She is one

of the publishers of interjuli, an international journal for research in children’s literature. Her

recent publications deal with disability poetry, the commodification of sexuality in dystopian

fiction, as well as categories of simplicity and the use of Young Adult literature in the foreign

language classroom.


Fantasy Philosophy Style Humour Popular fiction

Editors and affiliations

  • Marion Rana
    • 1
  1. 1.InterjuliLorchGermany

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