Discworld and the Disciplines: Critical Approaches to the Terry Pratchett Works

Discworld and the Disciplines: Critical Approaches to the Terry Pratchett Works

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Overview

This collection of new essays applies a wide range of critical frameworks to the analysis of prolific fantasy author Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. Essays focus on topics such as Pratchett's treatment of noise and silence and their political implications; art as an anodyne for racial conflict; humor and cognitive debugging; visual semiotics; linguistic stylistics and readers' perspectives of word choice; and Derrida and the "monstrous Regiment of Women." The volume also includes an annotated bibliography of critical sources. The essays provide fresh perspectives on Pratchett's work, which has stealthily redefined both fantasy and humor for modern audiences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476616018
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy , #45
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 1,015,851
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anne Hiebert Alton is a professor of English at Central Michigan University, where she teaches literature of all sorts. She lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. William C. Spruiell is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University, where he teaches English linguistics, Old English, and science-fiction and fantasy literature. He lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
A Note on the Text 11
The Wee Free Men: Politics and the Art of Noise Roderick McGillis 15
Coloring in Octarine: Visual Semiotics and Discworld Anne Hiebert Alton 26
Tell It Slant: Of Gods, Philosophy and Politics in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld  Gray ­Kochhar-Lindgren 81
The Watchman and the Hippopotamus: Art, Play and Otherness in Thud!   Caroline Webb 92
Counting Dangerous Beans: Pratchett, Style and the Utility of Premodified Bits    William C. Spruiell 108
Debugging the Mind: The Rhetoric of Humor and the Poetics of Fantasy    Gideon Haberkorn 160
Primary Bibliography of Terry Pratchett’s Works Published in English 189
Annotated Critical Bibliography 194
About the Contributors 221
Index 223

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