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ERIC Number: ED119185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 389
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An Examination of Four Key Motifs Found in High Fantasy for Children.
Cohen, John Arthur
The purpose of this study was to come to a greater understanding of contemporary high fantasy for children by analyzing in depth the nature and functions of four key motifs of this sub-genre of fantasy. These motifs are created worlds, time displacement, quest, and combat between good and evil. The 47 books chosen for analysis were recommended in "Children's Literature in the Elementary School,""Children and Books," and American Library Association Notable Books, 1940-1973. An examination of motifs in contemporary high fantasy for children suggests that although its deepest roots come out of myth and folktale its concerns are very much those of the present. By freeing themselves from natural laws the authors can design a framework in which they will be able to deal with philosophic questions without resorting to moralizing. At the same time, authors will be able to project the reader into marvellous new worlds and experiences. (Author/RB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University