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The Artistry of Neil GaimanFinding Light in the Shadows$
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Joseph Michael Sommers and Kyle Eveleth

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496821645

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496821645.001.0001

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Between Mimesis and Fantasy

Between Mimesis and Fantasy

Binaries and Boundaries in The Books of Magic

(p.114) Between Mimesis and Fantasy
The Artistry of Neil Gaiman

Andrew Eichel

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter states that Neil Gaiman's graphic series The Books of Magic is a refutation of the binary opposition between mimetic and non-mimetic modes of thought. Throughout protagonist Timothy Hunter's journey, reality and fantasy are offered to the audience as two ways of viewing and living in the world. Gaiman does not offer a definitive resolution between the two because he is more interested in getting readers to ask their own questions and arrive at their own conclusions.

Keywords:   Mimesis, Kathryn Hume, Philosophy, non-binaryism, fantasy

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