The God in the Pentagram: religion and spirituality in modern Fantasy

Kelso, Sylvia (2008) The God in the Pentagram: religion and spirituality in modern Fantasy. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 18 (1). pp. 61-82.

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Abstract

Once upon a time, as certain narratives have it, someone sent me a call for papers for an essay collection tentatively titled "Religion and Fantasy." Since I felt unqualified to pursue some senses of that polysemic word fantasy - fantasy as opposed to Freud's reality principle, fantasy as day dream, fantasy as wet dream, fantasy as the "setting for desire" (Lap lane he and Pontalis 26)-1 turned to the more familiar turf of fantasy as genre fiction. But a cursory scan of my bookshelves showed that religions are very seldom depicted in recent fantasy. At this stage, I was still taking "religion" in the basic sense as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary: "One of the prevalent systems of faith and worship," based on "human recognition of superhuman controlling power" (1029).

Item ID: 6707
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: fantasy; religion
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ISSN: 0897-0521
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2010 01:53
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 100%
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