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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Unresolvedness is a concept connected to open endings, the grotesque and the fantastic.

Tzvetan Todorov holds that fantastic literature involves an unresolved hesitation between a supernatural (or otherwise paranormal or impossible) solution and a psychological (or realistic) one.

Philip Thomson holds that the basic definition of the grotesque: the unresolved clash of incompatibles in response, one that could invite tears or laughter.

This unresolvedness, hesitation, ambiguity or ambivalence is a limbo, a no man's land and purgatory. Applied to genre theory it refers to cultural products being often at their most interesting when they defy classification.

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