[DWJ] short complete quest fantasies

Jenny Schwartzberg schwartzbergj at newberry.org
Sun Jun 21 12:19:12 EDT 2009

 Dear Farah and Gili,

Googling "There and back again books" and "there and back again" on Google Books just turns up references to Tolkien's and to fiction titles that reference that title.  On the open web there's a bookstore with that title.  I think people may be using a different phrase for criticism.

Rather frustrated,

> -----Original Message----- 

> > No no, I was perfectly aware of lifting the phrase from "The Hobbit". I
> > meant if you have a reference for where "there and back again" is used by
> > critics to describe a genre or sub-genre.
> It's used so much I don't know where to go looking. I know I used it in
> Rhetorics, but it isn't indexed. Clute uses it. It may be in Tolkien's On
> Fairy Tales.
> it really is a terribly common description of a particular kind of fantasy
> in which going and coming back is the point, and the Great and Terrible
> Deeds somehow pale into the moment of Return (and that is genuine Clute, see
> the encycloped of fantasy, under Full Fantasy).

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