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Accepting The Fantastic: From The Familiar To The Fantastic-Uncanny

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This chapter considers the elements of the fantastic in the first third of both the Navigatio and the Anglo-Norman (A.N.) Voyage, using, as its starting-point, Tzvetan Todorov's discussion of the fantastic and Freud's essay on 'The "Uncanny" '. In the first third of both versions, each scene receives a plausible explanation and considers the opening description of Brendan's heritage in the Navigatio. The chapter discusses feelings of claustrophobia related to the confinement in the coracle and predetermination concerning the fates of one of the late-coming monks and uncanny silence of the Deserted Citadel in which one of the supernumeraries dies after stealing. It examines two examples of enormous creatures (an island populated by large sheep and a giant fish that is mistaken for an island). Finally, the chapter considers the portrayal of the angels that sided with neither God nor Lucifer during the battle described in Revelation.

Keywords:'The "Uncanny" '; Anglo-Norman (A.N.) Voyage; Brendan narratives; deserted citadel; Navigatio



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