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Ishiguro's The Buried Giant: The (Re)turn to Fantasy from The Remains of the Day

Ishiguro's The Buried Giant: The (Re)turn to Fantasy from The Remains of the Day RichaRd Rankin Russell Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant e (R Th e)turn to Fantasy from The Remains of the Day Reading the enviRonment thRough Fantasy Fiction: ishiguRo and genRe Even if readers of Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece, e R Th emains of the Day (1989), recognize and critique his butler Stevens for denying himself and enabling his Nazi-sym pathizing employer Lord Darlington, they nonetheless oen ha ft rbor qualified sympathy for him and curiously neglect the basis for much of the mon- strous Stevens’s racism and anS temi i- tism, at best viewing his dutiful actions as en- abling Darlington’s fascism and appeasement of Germany, not apprehending the real responsibility he takes at times for promoting fascism. With his recent novel, e Th Buried Giant (2015), Ishiguro leads us into a medieval past populated with actual monsters as his protagonists, Axl and Beatrice, trudge across a harsh land- scape to find their son and eventually, to confront the dragon that has breathed the amnesiac mist covering the land. Despite these actual monsters, some of which are easily dispatched, including the dragon, here, too, several characters are revealed to be monstrous in their irrational hate for other people groups and individuals. In http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Ishiguro's The Buried Giant: The (Re)turn to Fantasy from The Remains of the Day

The Comparatist , Volume 45 – Nov 11, 2021

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Abstract

RichaRd Rankin Russell Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant e (R Th e)turn to Fantasy from The Remains of the Day Reading the enviRonment thRough Fantasy Fiction: ishiguRo and genRe Even if readers of Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece, e R Th emains of the Day (1989), recognize and critique his butler Stevens for denying himself and enabling his Nazi-sym pathizing employer Lord Darlington, they nonetheless oen ha ft rbor qualified sympathy for him and curiously neglect the basis for much of the mon- strous Stevens’s racism and anS temi i- tism, at best viewing his dutiful actions as en- abling Darlington’s fascism and appeasement of Germany, not apprehending the real responsibility he takes at times for promoting fascism. With his recent novel, e Th Buried Giant (2015), Ishiguro leads us into a medieval past populated with actual monsters as his protagonists, Axl and Beatrice, trudge across a harsh land- scape to find their son and eventually, to confront the dragon that has breathed the amnesiac mist covering the land. Despite these actual monsters, some of which are easily dispatched, including the dragon, here, too, several characters are revealed to be monstrous in their irrational hate for other people groups and individuals. In

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 11, 2021

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