d'Arc's Maleficence: Intrusion, Liminal: A Critical Discussion on Fantasy Literature
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This dissertation comprises two chapters of a novel idea and a critical reflection that explores the two sub-genres, intrusion and liminal fantasy. The creative piece, d’Arc’s Maleficence is third person fantasy narrative revolving around the title protagonist, Alice d’Arc and her life in an alternate London where, as the result of terrorism, the South of the city has become barricaded from the North and a more militant security has been introduced to society. Each chapter is viewed through the eyes of the same protagonist. In Chapter One, readers see Alice in the Underground, attempting to apprehend a suspect involved in the abduction of children for a vampire coven. Chapter Two takes place a few hours after the events of the first chapter. The setting is Alice’s psychiatric appointment, where she is inveigled by her psychiatrist, Dr Minogue into talking about her past. Together the two chapters show Alice’s struggle to keep her professional and personal personas separate, showing the physical and psychological aspects of her life as a monster hunter and investigator. While the development of setting is inspired by China Miéville’s The City and the City (2009), a text that uses its genre to approach realistic concepts by composing ‘what if’scenarios, characterization is mainly inspired by crime novelist, Steig Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2008) and other authors like Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy (1995-2000) and H.G. Wells’ The Door in the Wall (1911), which focuses on the concept of the outsider and shows how the fantasy protagonist embodies an individual that defies the self. On the critical side of the dissertation, it reflects on the piece’s general construction, referring to the authors previously mentioned. However, it focuses specifically on the concept of what is intrusion and liminal fantasy, using critical responses like Farah Mendelsohn and Tzvetan Todorov to show how similar the genres are, through a critical exploration of my own creative piece.
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