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This thesis examines The Magicians by Lev Grossman and analyzes how it queers both its fantasy elements and queer representation. It looks at how in Grossman’s novel the readers expectations are thwarted and real-world problems crossover to the magical world. It further questions how even within queer friendly spaces biphobia persists and is analyzed through the subtext of this novel.
The first chapter of this thesis establishes that The Magicians is a novel that falls under the fantasy literature genre by using works of scholars studying fantasy literary theory, most prominently Farah Mendlesohn’s Rhetorics of Fantasy and Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy-stories”.
Having established that The Magicians is a fantasy novel, queer theory is then applied to the novel as a whole, divided into twofold analysis. First, queer theory is applied to the chosen one element of the novel, examining how queering the conventions of fantasy literature obscures who the chosen one is throughout the narrative. Next, queer theory is then applied to the two named queer characters in the novel. Significantly, there is character analysis of Quentin, hypothesizing that he suffers from internalized biphobia through subtext as well as of Eliot’s flamboyant dandy act, which is exposed and queered.