Dimensions of the Fantastic

A Theory of the Unknown from Stoker’s Dracula to Little Marvin’s Them

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About the Book

Not to be confused with fantasy or the supernatural, the fantastic is in actuality its own beast and perhaps the most deeply frightening of all narrative modes. From Dracula and Nightmare on Elm Street, to Carrie and Them, the evolution of the fantastic reveals a growing consciousness of social and racial issues. It has become an ideal vehicle to denounce deep cultural dysfunctions that affect not only the way we understand reality, but also how we construct it.
This work studies the various dimensions of the fantastic, examining the influences of icons like Lovecraft and Harry Dickson, films such as Jordan Peele’s Get Out, and novels like Guy de Maupasasant’s The Horla. It explains why the fantastic is not about ghosts or monsters, but the incomprehensible sides of our own reality, and the terrifying unknown.

About the Author(s)

Daniel Ferreras Savoye is a professor of French and Spanish literary and cultural studies at West Virginia University. His work on marginalized authors, comic books, detective fiction, popular culture issues and critical theory has appeared in Hispania, French Literature Series, Ángulo Recto, The Popular Culture Review and La tribuna.

Bibliographic Details

Daniel Ferreras Savoye
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8930-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4889-7
Imprint: McFarland