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phan·tas·ma·gor·i·a

(fan-taz'mă-gōr'ē-ă),
A fantastic sequence of haphazardly associative imagery.

phan·tas·ma·gor·i·a

(fan-taz'mă-gōr'ē-ă)
A fantastic sequence of haphazardly associative imagery.

phantasmagoria

(făn-tăz-mă-gŏr′ē-ă) [Gr. phantasma, an appearance, + agora, assembly, gathering]
A series of phantasms, deceptive illusions, either imagined or remembered from a dream.
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In her dissertation, Verraest proposes a narratological analysis of phantasmagorical spaces in urban imagination since World War II both in urbanism and literature.
17) Despite the arch timelessness of Coover's storytelling tone (the first sentence reads, "Once, there was a man named John") and subsequent fairytale and phantasmagorical evocations, this is profoundly a historical and political novel (18): a microcosmic allegory about capitalist accumulation and the distinctive and far from Ovidian metamorphoses that are wrought by it: all that is solid melts, all that is sacred is profaned, picturesque parks become artificial lawns, public space becomes commercial real estate.
33) Arcimboldo's whimsicality is transformed into phantasmagorical optical illusions of incongruous fantastic flora and fauna.
But this waltzing troupe of kitchen utensils has none of the phantasmagorical menace of Disney's oddly disturbing Dukas-scored dreamscape.
IAN HOLLOWAY described it as phantasmagorical, while Kevin Nolan opted for lackadaisical.
A follow up albeit twenty years since Rushdie's best children's contemporary fable, the phantasmagorical allegory Haroun and the Sea of Stories, this title, dedicated to the author's second son on his twelfth birthday, excels with its depth and breadth of exploring the wonderful world of magic.
But I think the most promising aspect of this approach is that it might eliminate the need for the phantasmagorical "dark energy.
In his contribution, Eammon Hughes lists many oppositions, including these: "a commitment to the here and now as against an obsession with history and memory; an almost pedantic attention to detail and fact as against frequently phantasmagorical narratives and an acknowledgement of the power of imagination; images of imprisonment and closure as against the endless voyage of the flaneur; the city as known territory as against the need to be lost; the city as site of alienation as against its lively speech community" (88).
Audiences unaccustomed to the style of writing sometimes seen in the academy might not enthusiastically embrace the belief that "hip-hop merely displays in phantasmagorical form the cultural logic of late capitalism" and that "hip-hop is a cultural form that attempts to negotiate the experiences of marginalization, brutally truncated opportunity, and oppression within the cultural imperatives of African-American and Caribbean history, identity, and community.
A bookish dreamer with selfeffacing hesitancy is part of the grotesque rearrangement: "This lack of confidence produces daunting, phantasmagorical images such as the twenty-foot thick book that describes the embroidered coats of arms of the suppliants of the goddess Fame.
I remember the Dead, as well--somehow intuiting that they were the perfect soundtrack for the phantasmagorical spectacle that was swirling around me.
Smith thought in terms of the new style when making notations about the phantasmagorical visions of Northern Renaissance painters.