Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Escapism

A derogatory term much used in descriptions of genre literatures in general and fantasy in particular. It is a term, however, which more accurately describes the motives of the reader than the nature of what is read. The works of Jane Austen (1775-1817) are notoriously read for escapist motives. Within the structure of fantasy, the term Escape has a more particular meaning – not "the flight of the deserter, but the escape of the prisoner", as J R R Tolkien puts it. [JC]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.