The Journey in Children’s Fantasy Fiction

1334 Words Feb 4th, 2018 5 Pages
So much so, that a dominant trope of this genre is its seeming literary insignificance. Indeed, by resting chiefly on the assumption that children’s fantasy fiction is set in unrealistic secondary worlds which encourage young readers to avoid confronting real-life tensions and problems, the genre is often construed as having no higher purpose than being primarily and pejoratively escapist. It has therefore been continuously marginalized, if not wholly condemned for its lack of literary value by academics and public opinion. And even though the efforts of theorists, such as Maria Nikolajeva and Brian Atteberys, have validated the literary significance of the genre to an extent, the defence of fantasy fiction for children remains an ongoing, long-standing effort. In 1947 for instance, J.R.R. Tolkien in his classic essay ‘On Fairy Stories’ argued that fantasy, rather than merely offering a distraction from reality, created a space that allowed the reader to “produce a keener perception of the…
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