shameless self-promotion

jackie e stallcup jstallcup at
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!

Jackie S.

On Thu, 18 Jul 2002 15:50:03 -0400 (EDT) deborah <deborah at>
> 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.
> Note:
>   -  I get no royalties for my article, just one free copy of the 
> book,
>      which...
>   -  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
> 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 
> 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, kvelling
> deborah at
> --
> 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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