Critical Perspectives on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials: Essays on the Novels, the Film and the Stage Productions Paperback – 30 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Steven Barfield is joint editor of Critical Engagements, the journal of the UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies, and a member of the editorial board for the on-line journal, Literary London: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Representation of London. Katharine Cox is a Principal Lecturer in English at UWIC (University of Wales) where she is head of the Department of Humanities.
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Table of Contents
I Adversaries and Influences
1. Recasting John Milton's Paradise Lost: Intertextuality, Storytelling and Music 11
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
3. Constructions of the Child, Authority and Authorship: The Reception of C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman. 40
4. "Dark Materials to Create More Worlds": Considering His Dark Materials as Science Fiction. 57
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
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Most existing books on His Dark Materials are aimed at the general reader and provide useful background information but do not address critical debates about his work with the kind of informed view shown here. For example, it addresses a number of questions about Pullman's work that should concern his serious readers and where a straightforward answer is by no means clear. There aren't any diatribes against the atheist Pullman by evangelical Christians nor defences from other Christians, as these themes have been done to death in books already published.
Instead the volume is about new ways of considering His Dark Materials. Would you like to know how His Dark Materials represents social class and the non-British, what it says about the legacy of British colonialism and Victorian children's literature, or how it explores the formation of female and male adolescent identity in society?Read more ›
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