Kyojin: Utilizing Realism in the Writing of Fantasy Fiction
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This dissertation explores the use of realism in fantasy fiction as a technique for bringing to life worlds that are not our own, and is comprised of a 7000-word piece of prose fiction, and a 3000-word critical essay. Avoiding the genre’s stereotypical reliance on Anglo-Germanic mythology, Kyojin is set in a world inspired by Japanese history and culture, and follows an elderly samurai struggling to come to terms with a new identity in the wake of a lost war. Experimental in its narration, the piece switches back and forth between the third- and first-person, fusing the styles of my primary literary influences- Haruki Murakami, China Miéville, and Vladimir Nabokov- as it expounds the difficult challenges presented to Samurai General Yukio Mochizuki and the ‘alternate’ Japan he inhabits. Unlike the majority of fantasy fiction, the story focuses on the after-effects of war instead of the actual battles themselves, and draws heavily on the real-life American occupation of Japan post-Second World War. Inspired by the solipsistic narration of Nabokov’s Humbert Humbert, it is through a most unreliable narrator Kyojin is told, which serves to emphasise the importance of the fallible human element in constructing a realistic world. The critical element of this project examines theories and practices of prose writing, both general and genre-specific. I discuss both my engagement with the literary techniques of realising a setting (vital in fantasy fiction), and my research into Japan and it’s people through analysis of historical context and popular literature. I found particular relevance to my goal of ‘Realism in Fantasy Fiction’ in China Miéville’s Looking for Jake and Other Stories, outlandish tales of ghosts and aliens set in modernday London. Touching on a number of journal articles written on Miéville and fantasy fiction as a whole, I explore the theory of realism in fantasy fiction and argue in favour of its further implementation within the genre.
BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing
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