Community Re-Imagined: Exploring Fantasy’s Mythopoetic Potential as a Critical Tool for Social Transformation in Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen
Brochu, Amie Angèle
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In social work, there is often little consideration given to the importance of fantasy literature and its potential contribution for further discussions about its myth-making (mythopoesis) possibilities. The benefits of employing fantasy literature within social work foster the goals and processes of social justice by encouraging global and humanistic thinking (Chuddley-Diatta, 2018). Considering Canada’s current neo-liberalist position upholding systemic inequality and social injustice, this thesis argues for the transformative power of fantasy literature as a narrative for critique and resistance to individualist principles. Drawing on Steven Erikson’s ten volume series, Malazan Book of the Fallen, I propose a new genre called critical fantasy which employs critical reflection and mythopoesis to promote the importance of community and solidarity as a model for a new mythos of universal collaboration and harmony while offering future applications for critical social work pedagogy.