Children's Lit DissertationRecommendations gratefully received
Posted 17 May 2004 - 12:22 AM
Check to see if you have "The Lion and the Unicorn" journal at your university, also books or articles written by Robyn McCallum, Rosemary Jackson, Jack Zipes, and John Stephens may be useful.
Also Tvetzan Todorov [the marvellous, the fantastic, the uncanny], Joseph Campbell [hero, monomyth, separation- initiation-return paradigm], Rosemary Jackson[ fantasy = literature of desire] and Jacques Lacan [the mirror phase] may be concepts to consider.
Posted 20 May 2004 - 03:37 AM
There was one other book which I was trying to remember when I posted before, but could not recall either the title or the author. I've got it now.
Shadowmancer by G P Taylor - created quite a hit in when it came out England last summer, and was another one that got children wanting to read. I would say around 9-14, but a good read as an adult, and there are promises of more from the same author. Another story of children against evil, with some mysticism thrown in for good measure.
A footnote: The blurb states that the author "Lives in an abandoned cemetary" - yes, he's a vicar and hisvicarage is next to the church.
Posted 21 May 2004 - 09:48 AM
The books in the "Unfortunate Events" series isn't really a fantasy series. They take place in the present day, even if they are, for the most part, set in England. These books are great reading though.
I would check out the Artemis Fowl series. These books are fantasy and I know my younger brother (12 years old) likes them a lot. They are also set in England, but involve fairies.
Posted 21 May 2004 - 04:05 PM
rebecka another book within the fantasy genre that children (primary school age)love is "The Day my Bum went Psycho" by Andy Griffiths and I remembered that Irini Savvides wrote Sky Legs.
Some other researchers to keep in mind are Maria Nikolejeva, C.W.Hunt III, and Katheryn Hume ("Fantasy and Mimesis"). Also, the popularity of Harry Potter has led to quite a few journal articles which you could check.
Posted 22 May 2004 - 02:15 AM
Posted 24 May 2004 - 11:12 AM
I didn't know about Pratchett's childrens' books. I'll have to check them out. I'm always on the lookout for new books to discover.
Thanks for letting me know and I'm glad I could help.
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