Between Creation and Creativity: The Presented World and the Language of Neologisms in Selected Fantasy Novels After the Year 2000 Cover Image
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Między kreacją a kreatywnością. Świat przedstawiony i język neologizmów w wybranych powieściach fantasy po 2000 roku
Between Creation and Creativity: The Presented World and the Language of Neologisms in Selected Fantasy Novels After the Year 2000

Author(s): Ewa Drab
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: Within the genre of fantasy, creating a presented world with the view to buildingan unusual setting, is reflected in a language that the creator must adapt to meet therequirements of his or her literary imagination. Creating a new context, phenomena,or characters necessitates creative use of language, and – as a result – the modelingof the linguistic material for the purpose of the description of a non-existent world.The absence of references to an extra-linguistic reality results in the proliferation ofneologisms and other heterotypical elements which thus become key stylistic traitsof the genre. While the newly created lexical units serve to describe an unfamiliarliterary reality to the reader facing the uncanny, at the same time they themselvesneed to be characterized by reference to universal concepts. The operation of adjustinglanguage for the purpose of the description of a fantasy world – a fundamentalelement of the genre’s construction – as well as translation practices aimed at reflectingthis operation in the target language, are presented in the article on the basis ofexamples extracted from selected fantasy novels of the recent years. These examplesinclude: Painted Man by Peter V. Brett, Beyonders by Brandon Mull, and The Way ofShadows by Brent Weeks.

  • Page Range: 133-144
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Polish