download Best The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary GenreAuthor Tzvetan Todorov –

In The Fantastic, Tzvetan Todorov seeks to examine both generic theory and a particular genre, moving back and forth between a poetics of the fantastic itself and a metapoetics or theory of theorizing, even as he suggest that one must, as a critic, move back and forth between theory and history, between idea and fact His work on the fantastic is indeed about a historical phenomenon that we recognize, about specific works that we may read, but it is also about the use and abuse of generic theoryAs an essay in fictional poetics, The Fantastic is consciously structuralist in its approach to the generic subject Todorov seeks linguistic bases for the structural features he notes in a variety of fantastic texts, including Potocki s The Sargasso Manuscript, Nerval s Aur lia, Balzac s The Magic Skin, the Arabian Nights, Cazotte s Le Diable Amoureux, Kafka s The Metamorphosis, and tales by E T A Hoffman, Charles Perrault, Guy de Maupassant, Nicolai Gogol, and Edgar A Poe