Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Wild Man from BorneoA Cultural History of the Orangutan$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837143

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use (for details see http://www.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 23 November 2017

Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
Wild Man from Borneo
Author(s):

Robert Cribb

Helen Gilbert

Helen Tiffin

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0012

This chapter describes the “great extinction” that wiped out the rich bestiary of pure fantasy that had charmed, inspired, and frightened people in ancient and medieval times. Belief in fantasy had been sustained over centuries by the faithful repetition of the statements of ancient authorities such as the Roman naturalist Pliny. However, modern scientific method cut its teeth driving these creatures to extinction. This new way of thinking that began to emerge in the Renaissance gradually set up new standards of belief. Fascination with fantastical beings did not disappear, but it lost the authority, and it retreated to the intellectual borderlands of society as superstition and pseudo-science.

Keywords:   fantasy, great extinction, medieval times, Modern scientific method, Renaissance, fantastical beings, intellectual borderlands, superstition, pseudo-science

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.