March 14, 2004

Maybe the terrorists are right about us...

If it's ever necessary to torture me so I'll reveal where I've planted a ticking time-bomb, something like this should do the trick:

...If one of the benefits of fantasy is to remove the reader from an oppressive social reality, and thereby to offer a lens through which he or she might critique and resolve social injustices, critics cannot expect fantasy to perform the same instructional modeling as contemporary realism. This is not an excuse or a justification, and it is not because fantasy does not mirror and model life as does all literature (and all art). It is because, as a genre, fantasy behaves according to its own history, tradition, and purpose. Though it is appropriate to expect contemporary fantasy to fairly and accurately represent social diversity, a more appropriate concern for fantasy may be how well it models the readers’ability to see themselves within their social system and how convincingly it argues for their deserved equality....
It's a snippet from an Encarta pieceAndrew found, about "diversity" in Harry Potter!

Posted by John Weidner at March 14, 2004 5:38 PM
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