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  • n. A genre of literature and film that overlaps with science fiction, horror and fantasy; associated chiefly with French literature


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From the French


  • The second kind of fantastique is far more delirious.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • The former is rendered liminal in fantastique, where a sighting of a ghost, for example, has a modality of “might and/or might not have happened”.

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • Another option is the French term fantastique, which has a similarly wide application but which is, like "weird", hard to disassociate from the supernatural.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • What the French call "fantastique" … Perhaps the reason there aren't quite as many female horror fans is that the genre is too often confined to gore and cheap scares.

    Fatally Yours

  • Or would it be more powerful to leave the truth unknown, leave the play in equipoise, an exemplar of Todorov's fantastique?

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • Partial/Total: Conventionally, fantastique employs partial warp morphing, placing credibility and determinacy warps in equipoise, while mystery fiction employs total warp morphing, recasting all alethic quirks as cryptica.

    Notes Toward a Theory of Narrative Modality

  • Their abjection of “realism” leads in the first instance to genres based on artificially heightened determinacy and equilibrium warps where introspective reflection may be accepted — fantastique and the “sensation novel” — but as it extends to popular dime novels and penny dreadfuls we see an abjection of “intellectualism”: experience is to be experienced, not reflected upon.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • It might well be argued that ruptura monstrum and prefigura of ruptura monstrum in horror fiction take the place of cryptica in mystery fiction and limina in fantastique, that horror becomes distinct from the former largely by situating the key ruptura monstrum as resolution rather than narrative trigger and distinct from the latter largely by collapsing equipoise, presenting events as determined.

    Notes Toward a Theory of Narrative Modality

  • Beings or events which infringe (or which we suspect of infringing) the laws of normality acquire a quality of strangeness I'd relate to Todorov's fantastique and Freud's uncanny.

    What is Otherness?

  • We have "fantasy" on the one side (mostly heroic fantasy, or books dealing with mythologies, other worlds, etc) and "fantastique" on the other side (supernatural events in the ordinary world).



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