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The aim of the collection is to provide a series of critical essays that cover some of the most important topics and contexts relevant to studying and understanding His Dark Materials. This collection consist of original material and offers a wider range of more sophisticated responses to the trilogy of novels as well as the dramatic adaptation of the novels which is firmly based upon research and in the main from established literary critics, rather than specialists in children's literature. P Overall, the collection engages with a greater range of issues and contexts and with more critical acuity than currently exists in the field of studies of His Dark Materials and responds to existing debates about Pullman's work while also establishing new ones.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Katharine Cox

I Adversaries and Influences

1. Recasting John Milton's Paradise Lost: Intertextuality, Storytelling and Music 11
Rachel Falconer

2." `When I grow up I want to be ...' ": Conceptualization of the Hero Within the Works of, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman. 28
Phil Cardew

3. Constructions of the Child, Authority and Authorship: The Reception of C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman. 40
Elisabeth Eldridge

4. "Dark Materials to Create More Worlds": Considering His Dark Materials as Science Fiction. 57
Steven Barfield

II Traditions and Legacies

5.Revitalizing the Old Machine of a Neo-Victorian London: Reading the Cultural Transformations of Steampunk and Victoriana 75
Steven Barfield and Martyn Colebrook

6.Revisiting the Colonial: Victorian Orphans and Postcolonial Perspectives 93
Laura Peters

7. Exploring and Challenging the Lapsarian World of Young Adult Literature: `Femininity', Shame, the Gyptians and Social Class 111
Nicola Allen

8."Imagine Dust with A Capital Letter": Interpreting the Social and Cultural Contexts for Philip Pullman's Transformation of Dust 126
Katharine Cox

III Religion, Sexuality and Gender

9. The Man Who Walked With God: Phillip Pullman's Metatron, The Biblical Enoch, and the Apocrypha. 143
John Haydn Baker

10. The Republic of Heaven: East, West and Eclecticism in Pullman's Religious Vision 154
J'annine Jobling

11. "Walking into mortal sin": Lyra, the Fall, and Sexuality 172
Tommy Halsdorf

12. Becoming Human: Desire and the Gendered Subject 187
Sarah Gamble

13. After the Fall: Queer Heterotopias 202
Sally R. Munt

IV Dramatizing His Dark Materials

14. Staging the Impossible: Severance and Separation in the National Theatre's Adaptation 219
Patrick Duggan

15. Staging and Performing His Dark Materials: From the National Theatre Production to Subsequent Productions 239
Karian Schuitema

Bibliography 267
About the Contributors 273
Index 275
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