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Old 05-01-2009, 11:55 AM
Shot From Guns is offline
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Originally Posted by Exapno Mapcase View Post
Books that are undoubtedly fantasy and are never counted as part of genre were a major part of the 60s Modernist movement. Philip Roth's The Breast and The Great American Novel, John Barth's Giles Goat-Boy, Robert Coover's The Public Burning, Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, most of Richard Brautigan and Tom Robbins and the later Vonnegut, while recognizably mainstream are also modern American fantasy.
The problem is that genre fiction has been so completely ghettoized that we don't want to use the words "fantasy" or "science fiction" to describe books that we want to think of as more than fluff. Nowadays I think we call most of this sort of thing "magic realism" so that we can get our lit street cred hits in.