Ildikó Limpár Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Ildikó Limpár, Senior Lecturer of English, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest (Hungary) has a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature and an MA in Egyptology. Her primary interest has for long resided in examining the subversion of myths in the works of contemporary American authors. Extending this research to speculative fiction writers has led her to focusing on the use of monsters as literary tools addressing life challenges in coming of age fantasy and science fiction. She recently edited an anthology of essays entitled Displacing the Anxieties of Our World: Spaces of the Imagination (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017).
In his own version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Neil Gaiman exploits the possibilities in doubling: he presents the Shakespearean comedy as a play within the artistic space of his graphic novel and Such a reading reveals that what is a tool in Shakespeare’s play to visualize that art is capable of mirroring reality becomes a means to express the interchangeability of the realistic and the fantastic realms. Gaiman’s strategy of doubling thus suggests an understanding of life that surpasses the narrow interpretation of historical facts, and thereby it may offer a viable alternative to what we experience as reality.