jackie e stallcup
jstallcup at juno.com
Thu Jul 18 16:24:26 EDT 2002
I got a chance to leaf through it at the Children's Literature
Association conference in June and immediately put it on my list of
"books to buy"--I'm looking forward to reading it!
On Thu, 18 Jul 2002 15:50:03 -0400 (EDT) deborah <deborah at suberic.net>
> 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
> - I won't get until late August, so I have no idea if the book is
> good. Though I assume it is.
> - The articles are scholarly; this is not a casual fan book if
> aren't into litcrit for kicks and giggles (I am -- go figure).
> 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
> jolt cola.)
> 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
> Diana Wynne Jones, whose prolific contributions to speculative
> 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.
> essays - written by academics and independent scholars from
> North America, Europe, and Asia - present a wide variety of
> 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
> 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
> 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
> in the Writing of Diana Wynne Jones - Sarah Fiona Winters: Good
> Evil in the Works of Diana Wynne Jones and J. K. Rowling - Martha
> Hixon: The Importance of Being Nowhere: Narrative Dimensions and
> Interplay in Fire and Hemlock - Akiko Yamazaki: Fire and Hemlock:
> Text as a Spellcoat - Sharon M. Scapple: Transformation of Myth in
> 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
> Wynne Jones's Dogsbody - Marilynn S. Olson: Cats and Aliens in the
> Unreal City: T. S. Eliot, Diana Wynne Jones, and the Urban
> - Charles Butler: Interview with Diana Wynne Jones.
> -deborah, kvelling
> deborah at suberic.net
> I don't suppose that I have ever been so happy. No; was it
> Something wider and darker, more like knowledge, more like the
> night: joy.
> - Ursula Le Guin, "The New Atlantis"
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