[DWJ] Music in DWJ

Martha Hixon marthahixon at gmail.com
Mon Nov 28 20:33:30 EST 2011

If you are looking for non-DWJ books, there are the young adult "rock and
roll fairy tales" by David Stemple and his mom, Jane Yolen: *Trollbridge*and
*Pay the Piper*. Stemple also has *Singer of Souls,* also featuring a
musician who has faery insight. I'm thinking there are some other Tam Lin
modern retellings that feature a combination of music and magic, though I'm
blanking out on any specific titles at the moment (Holly Black's *Tithe*,

Not a children's lit author, but often read by young adults, is Patricia
McKillip, whose classic *Riddlemaster of Hed* trilogy features the
magician/harpist Deth --the end of that trilogy still moves me deeply, as
do almost all of McKillip's books. One of her latest, *The Bards of Bone
Plain*, also features musical mages. Charles de Lint often features musical
faery people in his urban fairy tales, and I think he has an old
pseudo-medieval fantasy that also features a harpist who is magical--it's a
rather common theme in those kinds of books, eh? So, you may want to be a
bit more specific on how you want to consider the magic/music connections
than simply musicians who are magical.


Dr. Martha P. Hixon
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
615-898-2599 / martha.hixon at mtsu.edu

On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 6:17 PM, Gillian Houck <erikagillian at gmail.com>wrote:

> Again not children's per se, but War for the Oaks by Emma Bull, the
> power of rock and roll against the Unseelie court.
> On Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 4:13 AM, Liz Christie <blueyeti at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I'm writing a nice long project for uni on the topic of words and
> > music, with an intent to focus on DWJ and how she uses music to create
> > magic (I'm currently going to write on Cart and Cwidder, Fire and
> > Hemlock, and the Magicians of Caprona).  Does anyone have any
> > suggestions as to where else I could go?  My tutor said that writing
> > on one author was 'safe', especially since he has no idea what I'm
> > writing on, and I'm worried I should be branch out into the general
> > realms of kid lit.
> >
> > Any thoughts on other kid lit or DWJ books I'm not dealing with which
> > could be interesting on the topic of music?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Liz
> >
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