deborah at suberic.net
Thu Jul 18 15:50:03 EDT 2002
Diana Wynne Jones: an Exciting and Exacting Wisdom_ has just been
published by Peter Lang, several months early. If you or your local
library are interested, you can get it from Peter Lang (
), or order it from your local independent bookstore.
- I get no royalties for my article, just one free copy of the book,
- I won't get until late August, so I have no idea if the book is any
good. Though I assume it is.
- The articles are scholarly; this is not a casual fan book if you
aren't into litcrit for kicks and giggles (I am -- go figure). See
the table of contents below for examples.
But hey, this is my first publication of anything other than book
reviews. Wahoo! (Actually, I published some poems in one of those
newspapers-for-kids that was around here when I was in high school.
They paid $10 for every poem they printed. It kept me in paperbacks and
Info from the book description:
Synopsis: Diana Wynne Jones: An Exciting and Exacting Wisdom is a
collection of scholarly essays examining the work of British author
Diana Wynne Jones, whose prolific contributions to speculative fiction
span the past thirty years. A contemporary of such well known
fantastic authors as Alan Garner and Susan Cooper, Jones is also a
clear influence on more recent writers such as J. K. Rowling. Her
humorous and exciting stories, many published for children but read by
all ages, are also complexly structured and thought provoking. These
essays - written by academics and independent scholars from Australia,
North America, Europe, and Asia - present a wide variety of approaches
to and ideas about Jones's work. This book will be of interest to
Jones's many admirers and to those who study or appreciate speculative
fiction and children's literature.
Contents: Teya Rosenberg: Introduction - Karen Sands- O'Connor:
Nowhere To Go, No One To Be: Diana Wynne Jones and the Concepts of
Englishness and Self-Image - Maria Nikolajeva: Heterotopia as a
Reflection of Postmodern Consciousness in the Works of Diana Wynne
Jones - Karina Hill: Dragons and Quantum Foam: Mythic Archetypes and
Modern Physics in Selected Works by Diana Wynne Jones - Deborah
Kaplan: Diana Wynne Jones and the World-Shaping Power of Language -
Charles Butler: Now Here: Where Now? Magic as Metaphor and as Reality
in the Writing of Diana Wynne Jones - Sarah Fiona Winters: Good and
Evil in the Works of Diana Wynne Jones and J. K. Rowling - Martha P.
Hixon: The Importance of Being Nowhere: Narrative Dimensions and Their
Interplay in Fire and Hemlock - Akiko Yamazaki: Fire and Hemlock: A
Text as a Spellcoat - Sharon M. Scapple: Transformation of Myth in A
Tale of Time City - Donna R. White: Living in Limbo: The Homeward
Bounders as a Metaphor for Military Childhood - Alice Mills: The
Trials and Tribulations of Two Dogsbodies: A Jungian Reading of Diana
Wynne Jones's Dogsbody - Marilynn S. Olson: Cats and Aliens in the
Unreal City: T. S. Eliot, Diana Wynne Jones, and the Urban Experience
- Charles Butler: Interview with Diana Wynne Jones.
deborah at suberic.net
I don't suppose that I have ever been so happy. No; was it happiness?
Something wider and darker, more like knowledge, more like the night: joy.
- Ursula Le Guin, "The New Atlantis"
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