Constructing and deconstructing chivalric romance and modern fantasy literature

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2015
Çankaya, Tuğçe
Although generic, psychoanalytic and postcolonial approaches differ in nature, each of them might be helpful in revealing the strong affinity between chivalric romance and modern fantasy. In the light of generic analysis of these two genres, it is apparent that modern fantasy is the generic revival of the chivalric romance. Among these generic features, the quest motif, adventures to the other worlds, imaginary characters/settings and the battle between light and darkness, circular plot pattern and anachronism, highlight a substantial common point between these genres: the quest for “I”. This quest for “I” also prepares the ground to analyse these texts from Lacanian and Saidian vantage points: Subjectivity (in Lacanian epistemology) and configuration of national markers (in Saidian frame) display itself clearly in Sir Perceval of Galles (on a subjective level) and Guy of Warwick (on a social level) as chivalric romances and Belgariad (on both levels) as modern fantasy. Thus, the intertextuality between these two genres

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T. Çankaya, “Constructing and deconstructing chivalric romance and modern fantasy literature,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2015.