Fastitocalon 4.1&2: Crime and the Fantastic
Thomas Honegger, Fanfan Chen (Eds.)
Fastitocalon - Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern. Vol. 4, Iss. 1 & 2: Crime and the Fantastic
ISBN 978-3-86821-558-8, 106 S., kt., € 18,50 (2014)
The essays in this volume look at a range of fantastic texts as tools for understanding, talking, and arguing about crime and justice. Although crime and justice are not common terms in fantasy, their cognates such as right and wrong, good and evil, punishment and restoration are central to the many themes that inform these texts. Fantasy, more than any other genre, is predicated on the belief in a teleological universe, where visible and invisible forces assist protagonists in their search for the right thing to do. The right thing, in turn, usually involves resisting oppression and its accompanying injustice. That is why fantasy protagonists are always rebels, never the empire. They remind us that what is legal is not always just and inspire us to resist injustice in whatever form it manifests.
The contributors include Katarzyna Wasylak (“Lawful versus Just: Different Approaches to Injustice in Adventure Time Series”), Emily Midkiff (“Burning Bridges: How Dragons Challenge the Justifications of Humanity”), Nicolas A. Emmanuele (“Questing for Justice in Multicultural Secondary World Fantasy for Young Readers”), Marek Oziewicz (“Going Biospheric: Advocating Environmental Justice in Susan Fletcher’s Ancient, Strange and Lovely, Isabel Allende’s City of the Beasts, and Terry Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents”), Patricia Cardozo (“Beyond Bella: Sexual Violence and Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga”), and Rose Miller (“Fantasy Crime Fiction as a Site for Deconstructing Traditional Male Power Structures: Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl Series”).