Extrapolation

"Two Sought Adventure"

Fritz Leiber and the Architecture of Fantasy

Extrapolation (2014), 55, (1), 1–24.

Abstract

This article explores the relationship between fantasy and ideology by reading Fritz's Leiber's "Two Sought Adventure" (1939) in the context of the contemporary pulp fiction market, Depression-era concerns about capitalism, Fascism, and his later theories of the fantastic. Anticipating recent formulations of fantasy as a genre containing the potential for social critique (but also as fraught with reactionary impulses), Leiber suggests that, while fantastic literature may have the potential to free society from the chains of dominant ideology, this capacity should be constrained lest the violence of that revolution spill into the social and political realm.

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