a talk on DWJ last night

Jackie E Stallcup jstallcup at juno.com
Wed Jun 25 10:01:27 EDT 2003


Yep, I would agree.  It's just not very *comfortable* at first!

On Wed, 25 Jun 2003 08:31:03 -0400 "Amy Harlib" <aharlib at earthlink.net>
writes:
> 
> aharlib at earthlink.net
> Its DWJ's turning expectations on their heads that makes her writing 
> so much
> fun and why she is one of my #1 favorite writers!
> Cheers!
> Amy in NYC
> 
> > If you received my intro post, you'll know that I'm teaching at 
> Hollins
> > University this summer.  During the program, they have scheduled 
> speakers
> > who come in and give an evening's talk on some topic related to
> > children's literature.  The talk scheduled last night was by 
> someone
> > whose name I didn't recognize, and the listed topic was on 
> children's
> > science fiction, which is tangentially related to stuff I'm 
> working on.
> > So, I went, but not very enthusiastically.
> >
> > So, imagine my surprise and delight when the speaker got up and 
> said that
> > she was scrapping the listed talk and discussing a book she is 
> writing on
> > DWJ instead!
> >
> > It also turned out to be someone that I knew from a past 
> conference who
> > is a lively and engaging speaker, which made it all the better.
> >
> > Basically, she is working on way to rework categories of fantasy, 
> so that
> > the fantasy is not grouped according to, say, landscape (urban 
> fantasy,
> > etc.), but according to how fantasy enters the texts.  Some of her
> > categories were portal quest, intrusion, immersive, liminal, but 
> I'm not
> > going to try to recreate her explanation of that, sorry.
> >
> > Anyway, she is arguing that DWJ is writing what she calls 
> "critical
> > fiction" because she believes that Jones write critiques of 
> fantasy.  She
> > also said that Jones uses and subverts the voices of fantasy.  She 
> used
> > Eight Days of Luke as an example; David (have I remembered that
> > correctly?) returns home for the fantasy to start, instead of 
> leaving as
> > is more usual).  It is the blood relatives who are bad, not the 
> step
> > relative--in other words, she argues that Jones turns our 
> expectations on
> > their heads and keeps readers off balance.  Don't ask me to explan
> > further, because my notes pretty much end there on that subject...
> >
> > Well, boo.  I don't think that I've explained her talk very well.  
> Let me
> > just say that listening to her discussion made me understand the 
> reaction
> > that I usually have to one of Jones's books on the first read.  
> I'm
> > generally puzzled and upset until I read it again, because she so 
> often
> > turns my expectations on their heads, which is not a comfortable 
> feeling
> > the first time, and rather exhilarating the second and subsequent 
> times.
> >
> > Jackie
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