Inspired by a universal, cross-cultural vision, this book provides a comparative analysis of the rhetorical and stylistic features in fantastic literature effortlessly crossing the boundaries of cultures, languages and epochs to explore their literary manifestations of the unknown. According to the author, fantastic literature conveys a form of storytelling whose poeticization bridges the known and the unknown realms (in Gilbert Durand’s mythocritical, transcendental sense). The author’s scope ranges from ancient myths to contemporary literature and addresses developments in Chinese literature and the Greco-Roman fantastic tradition as well as English, French, German and Hispanic literatures. The encyclopaedic breadth and depth of her work responds to the long-felt need for a comparative approach to fantastic literature, bridging Eastern and Western traditions.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 375 pp., num. tables
Contents: The imaginary – Rhetoric – Poeticization of the unknown – Mythopoeia – Metaphysics – Metamorphosis – Musicality
– Chôra – Yi Jing – Periodization – The evolution of human consciousness – Unus mundus of harmonism – The Eucharistic alchemy
of language – Style of recovery – Archaism – Hyperbole – Hypotyposis – The dream-discourse – The mirror-discourse – The magician’s