In this book academics write about significant fantasy books, films, television series and music. The different approaches offer new insights into this popular genre, and together the books chapters provide a catalogue of analytical tools for the study of fantasy. The book is a multidisciplinary introduction to the diversity of fantasy. It contains a general introduction to the genre of fantasy and it considers: J R R Tolkien; J K Rowling; H C Andersen; C S Lewis; Terry Pratchett; Robert E Howard; J M Barrie; Disney; China Mieville; Donald Barthelme; Simon R Green; Narnia; The Discworld; Conan; Xena: Warrior Princess; Peter Pan; King Rat; Hawk & Fisher; Harry Potter; The Lord of the Rings; Fan Fiction; Sword and Sorcery.
Jorgen Riber Christensen is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark. The book is the result of the research within more departments at the University of Aalborg, Denmark, and its authors have co-operated to teach Fantasy courses. Many of the authors are prolific writers and researchers within the fields of cultural studies, the media, music, art, and classical and new literature.