World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Bangsian fantasy

Article Id: WHEBN0000968795
Reproduction Date:

Title: Bangsian fantasy  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Fantasy film, Legendary creature, Fantasy, Fantasy world, Fantastic art
Collection: Bangsian Fantasy, Fantasy Genres
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Bangsian fantasy

Bangsian fantasy is a fantasy genre which concerns the use of famous literary or historical individuals and their interactions in the afterlife. It is named for John Kendrick Bangs who often wrote it.[1]


  • Definition 1
  • Works of Bangsian fantasy 2
    • By Bangs 2.1
    • By others 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


According to E. F. Bleiler, in his 1983 Guide to Supernatural Fiction, "Bangs' most noteworthy achievement was a contribution to literary typology: the so-called Bangsian story, in which important literary and historical personalities serve humorously as characters in a slender plot line. Bangs did not invent this subgenre, but his work gave it publicity and literary status".

This definition does not take into account that some of Bangs' stories took place in the afterlife. Jess Nevins' 2003 definition in Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen[2] says it is "a fantasy of the afterlife in which the ghosts of various famous men and women come together and have various, usually genial, adventures", which closely agrees with Rama Kundu's 2008 definition.[3]

ARSDnet suggests it is a fantasy "which focuses primarily on the exploration of the afterlife and possibly where various ancient and influential figures ended up in the scheme of things."[4]

Works of Bangsian fantasy

A large number of books and films that are Bangsian in nature are identified within the genre's category. The following are some major genre works:

By Bangs

By others

See also


  1. ^ FantasticFiction > Authors B > John Kendrick Bangs. "John Kendrick Bangs". Retrieved 2006-09-06. 
  2. ^ Nevins, Jess (2003), Heroes & Monsters: The Unofficial Companion to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, MonkeyBrain Books, p. 179 
  3. ^ Kundu, Rama (2008), Intertext: A Study of the Dialogue Between Texts, Sarup & Sons, New Delhi, pp. 142–143 
  4. ^ ARSDnet Definition of "Bangsian Fantasy"
  5. ^ John Clute; John Grant (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. p. 84. 
  6. ^
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.