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Shedding the ‘Light Fantastic’ on Terry Pratchett’s Narrative Worlds: An Introduction

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

Abstract

In this chapter, Marion Rana provides a brief overview of Pratchett’s work in terms of content, literary technique and its impact on fantasy writing and fandom. A truly postmodern author, Pratchett rejuvenated the fantasy genre with his highly distinctive and influential narrative style, technical and scientific wit, stylistic and narrative creativity, as well as social, political and philosophical commentary. Focusing on Pratchett’s designation as a ‘democratic writer’ and his use of intertextuality and genre appropriation, the introduction sets the tone for the collection as a whole, which aims to give a detailed overview of both the multidimensionality of Pratchett’s work and the insightful scholarship surrounding it, and to provide a solid launching point for future engagement with his work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marion Rana
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  1. 1.InterjuliLorchGermany

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