Polly and Tom

Sally Odgers sodgers at tassie.net.au
Sat Jan 12 03:59:19 EST 2002

Hi, Marie;

The list Dorien posted her F&H piece on was Girls' Own, where we talk about - well - older girls' fiction, school stories etc. I think there are quite a few listees in common, but you can go to http://cygnus.uwa.edu.au/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/girlsown to subscribe if you like.   

  I'd be really grateful if you'd tell us about this other list and how to access/join it. I'd like to see the F&H discussion in full, as well as the excellent posting here. 

  F&H is my favourite DWJ in its own right.

  I love F&H; it's my 3-equal favourite.I find something new every time I read it. I particularly like the way Polly's view of Tom changes. She, and thus we, the reader, see him as middle-aged at first, but later she realises he's younger than she (and we) thought. 

  , but having taught both Children's Fantasy Lit and later medieval English lit before (early) retirement, I feel an additional curiosity about the hinterland of the book. 

  The Tam Lin / Thomas the Rhymer stories have been used often, but they come up freshly after each treatment. I love the Power theme - and though I'm not a feminist, I enjoy the heroine's strength being shown to such advantage.



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