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Cart, Michael. “Carte Blanche: Fantasy Is Flourishing.” Booklist 97, no. 16 (15 April 2001): 1546.

Brief overview of contemporary fantasy fiction, noting the continued popularity of the genre with a new generation of readers.

Cooper, Susan. “There and Back Again: Tolkien Reconsidered.” Horn Book Magazine (March-April 2002): 143-50.

Evaluates Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, remarking on the sustaining power of its themes.

Gamallo, Isabel C. Anievas. “Subversive Storytelling: The Construction of Lesbian Girlhood through Fantasy and Fairy Tale in Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.” In The Girl: Constructions of the Girl in Contemporary Fiction by Women, Ruth O. Saxton, pp. 119-34. New York, N.Y.: St. Martin's Press, 1998.

Analyzes Winterson's text as an example of the subversive way in which women authors use storytelling and fantasy to convey their understanding of women's lives.

Krips, Valerie. “Finding One's Place in the Fantastic: Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising.” In Functions of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Thirteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Joe Sanders, pp. 169-75. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995.

Examines the ways in which Susan Cooper's fantastic characters respond to and absorb subjectivities in the real world.

Nichols, Geraldine Cleary. “Limits Unlimited: The Strategic Use of Fantasy in Contemporary Women's Fiction of Spain.” In Cultural and Historical Grounding for Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Feminist Literary Criticism, edited by Hernán Vidal, pp. 107-28. Minneapolis, Minn.: Institute for the Study of Ideologies and Literature, 1989.

Nichols offers a comparative analysis of the fantasy writings of three Spanish women writers.

Noya, José Liste. “Mapping the ‘Unmappable’: Inhabiting the Fantastic Interface of Gravity's Rainbow.Studies in the Novel 29, no. 4 (winter 1997): 512-37.

Analysis of Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow within the context of fantasy and postmodernist literature.

Scott, A. O. “A Hunger for Fantasy, an Empire to Feed It.” New York Times (16 June 2002): section 2, pp. 1, 26.

Brief review of several films of the fantasy genre, noting the appeal of these works among marginalized audiences.

Smith, Jeannette C. “The Role of Women in Contemporary Arthurian Fantasy.” Extrapolation 35, no. 2 (summer 1994): 130-44.

Studies representations of women in contemporary renderings of Arthurian legends, also focusing on women writers who have used these legends as a means to express women's values.

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Criticism: Women Writers And Fantasy