Reflections on an Australian Fantasy: constructing the impossible

John Ryan


The following article explores the importance of fantasy as an important literary form. I specifically focus on the social function of fantasy genre texts produced in the Australian context to address the following key questions. First, is there such a thing as Australian fantasy? And second, what are the ethical considerations and issues around the use of Aboriginal and European mythic systems to provide non-indigenous writers with their material for creating fantasy worlds?


Australian fantasy; difference; ethics; Eurocentric; genre; imagination

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