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Lecture 13

ENGC23 Lecture 13: 7.1 Men at Arms: Sleuthing and Satire
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7.1 Men at Arms: Sleuthing and Satire Welcome to the Disc ● Discworldnovels are supposed to be hard/difficult to read becausemmersive fantasy ­ it  assumes you’re a part of the world and doesn’t explain anything  ○ it shows first, tells later  ● forces reader to construct the world from hints and glimpses ­ the harder you work to construct, the  more you’re a part of the world  ● immersive fantasy strategieMen at Arms (Mendelson)​   ○ world­building and city mindset  ○ sealed, internally coherent world that can be argued about along with its ‘irreverent’/’loving  antagonist’ protagonist  ○ genre ‘exoskeletons’ to show us a way through the world  ○ the absurd and reflection via mockery  ○ some relations to realism  ● dubbed as a ‘theatre fantasy’ ­ fantasy sets itself a stage in which to play itself out  ● Discworld main players (throughout the series):  ○ Rincewind and the WizardsColour of Magic, Unseen Academicals, Sourcery  ○ Granny Weatherwax and the Witches:Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Tiffany Aching  ○ Death:Mort, Soul Music, Hogfather  ○ The City Watch: Guards! Guards!,Men at Arms  ○ other/misc.Small Gods, Going Postal  ● TGFF “guards”: town watch and quite useless; they arrive too late, and are often too few; all of them are  stupid  Men at Arms ​ Characters ● Vimes, the immersive protagonist:  ○ expresses interest, but not amazement at this world  ○ irreverence at the world might be an indication that the character is secure in reality  ○ the protagonist must challenge the world (to antagonise it), step aside from it, and then judge it  ○ the arguable world is the revealed world  ● Tolkien created the argument that in order to create a coherent world, one needs to know it’s history,  archeology, geology, and its languages  ○ but Tolkien only came this close to his argument when creating the Shire  ○ once the Hobbits leave the Shire they only see the surface of things and do not understand the  world and it’s depth   Genre & “Knowing” ● ‘knowing’ is a continual thread in immersive fantasy: how can the writer force the reader to accept  normal things as the fantastical?  ○ create a universe within worlds and stories the reader always knows; almost the description of  genre  ○ the building up of the common bible of expectations ­ which is why both ‘mainstream fiction’ and  literary criticism are also known as ge
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