The Psychology of Fantasy

Myrna Allen, Linda Bedwell, Jonathan Lewis, Kate Thompson, Jocelyne Veinot, Byron Walker

Abstract


Fantasy literature offers the reader much of what general fiction offers — escape and adventure — but it goes far beyond the familiar realm of belief. It allows us to enter a world of "contrasts and opposites", to break away from the entrapment of realism. While some may consider this genre to be of little importance or value to the psychological health of the reader, many may argue that it is integral to a healthy state of mind.

Keywords


library resources; teens; fantasy fiction

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