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ERIC Number: EJ837074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Why Fantasy Matters Too Much
Zipes, Jack
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v43 n2 p77-91 Sum 2009
People speculate with the fantastic. Fantasy is a celebrity and money-making machine. As a module in people's brains, it has the capacity to transform plain junk into gold that glitters. Fantasy mobilizes and instrumentalizes the fantastic to form and celebrate spectacles that exist and have always existed--illusions of social relations of exploitation based on power. It is through fantasy that people have always sought to make sense of the world, not through reason. Reason matters, but fantasy matters more and, perhaps, it has mattered too much. But if fantasy is to provide resistance to real existing social conditions in the form of critical reflection and spiritual regeneration, it is important to know first what it is and how it operates in the brains and in the public sphere. In this article, the author talks about fantasy, how it operates in people's lives, and why it matters too much. The author offers a few brief examples in so-called children's or youth culture that includes picture books, comic books, graphic novels, television programs, and films to demonstrate the diverse modes of the fantastic employed by writers and artists to induce effects intended to create difference and reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary. These examples of the fantastic are personal choices of works that have struck the author's imagination. In each case, the author focuses on how the fantastic can foster alternative thinking and viewing and negate spectacle and delusion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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