Storytelling tricksters: a reader’s coming-of-age in young adult fantasy fiction in Germany

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dc.contributor.author Kim, Chorong
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-13T14:21:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-13T14:21:17Z
dc.date.copyright 2018 en_US
dc.date.issued 2018-06-13
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/9441
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, I examine three works of modern German fantasy fiction for young adults, their common grounding in the Romantic aesthetic framework and in particular the Romantic notion of creativity, and the implication of their unique fantasy fiction paradigm in our modern day. The novels are Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story (1979), Inkheart (2003) by Cornelia Funke and The City of Dreaming Books (2006) by Walter Moers. They represent a Germany-specific narrative paradigm which can be seen in the protagonist readers’ transformation from mere readers into storymakers/storytellers, and in the conflict between a book-loving hero and antagonists who are against literature. The protagonists embody the Romantic notion of creativity that involves the sublimation of a poet’s crisis into an exploration of the self. The mundane is infused with fantasy, thereby elevating reality to an idealised state. These Romantic storytelling readers act as tricksters, a fairy tale archetype that shares similarities with the figure of the Romantic poet. I employ the theoretical frameworks of German Romanticism, Frankfurt School critical theory, and postmodern models, including those by Deleuze and Guattari. I argue for a modern version of the trickster archetype which explains how a complacent, passive reader becomes an active storyteller. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Michael Ende en_US
dc.subject German Literature en_US
dc.subject Fantasy Fiction en_US
dc.subject Trickster en_US
dc.subject German Romanticism en_US
dc.subject Novalis en_US
dc.subject Cornelia Funke en_US
dc.subject Walter Moers en_US
dc.subject Young Adult Fiction en_US
dc.subject Young Adult Fantasy Fiction en_US
dc.subject German Young Adult Fantasy Fiction en_US
dc.subject The Neverending Story en_US
dc.subject Frankfurt School critical theory en_US
dc.subject Storytelling en_US
dc.subject Die Unendliche Geschichte en_US
dc.subject Tintenherz en_US
dc.subject Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher en_US
dc.subject Heinrich von Ofterdingen en_US
dc.subject Culture Industry en_US
dc.subject Anglo-American fantasy fiction en_US
dc.title Storytelling tricksters: a reader’s coming-of-age in young adult fantasy fiction in Germany en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Pnevmonidou, Elena
dc.degree.department Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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