[DWJ] Hexwood

Martha Hixon marthahixon at gmail.com
Tue Oct 16 16:52:40 EDT 2012

Hi, Jackie,

well, yes, what WERE you thinking? :-) *Hexwood* is a difficult novel in
that the timeline isn't linear, but it's not hard to read, really (that's
the beauty of it), especially for a grad class of English majors. I haven't
taught the book, but I do talk about how it exemplifies narrative theory in
my article in *Telling Children Stories*, an anthology edited by Mike
Cadden published by Nebraska UP. *Hexwood *would also prompt good
discussions regarding identity, both self identity and how others see us,
and personal redemption. You could also talk about it in the context of
modern fantasy that draws from Arthurian legend, of course. When I teach
Jones, I usually use *Howl's Moving Castle* because of its inventive use of
fairytale paradigms, or *Fire and Hemlock *as an example of retelling
folktales, but to be honest, I did consider it for my grad class last
spring, though I went with* F&H* because it seemed simpler, ha (because I'd
taught it before).

I'm interested in how it goes with your class. Keep us posted!


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

On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM, <jstallcup at juno.com> wrote:

>  Hi everyone,
> Someone mentioned Hexwood, which reminded me to tell you that I'm
> teaching it for the first time in a couple of weeks.  I'm a bit nervous
> about it!  Students seem to have enough trouble with Dark Lord... I'm
> having a bit of a "what was I thinking" moment!  So, if anyone has taught
> it before or has suggestions, I'm all ears!
> The course is a graduate English course in Childhood and the Fantastic,
> and here's the reading list:
> Barrie, J.M.  Peter Pan
> Baum, L. Frank, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (preferably ed. with
> illustrations by Graham Rawle)
> March, William, The Bad Seed
> Dahl, Roald, Matilda
> Sendak, Maurice, Where the Wild Things Are
> Burningham, John, Come Away from the Water, Shirley
> Moore, Christopher Dirty Job
> Card, Orson Scott Ender’s Game
> Collins, Susanne, The Hunger Games
> Jones, Diana Wynne Hexwood
> We're doing a brief history of theory of the fantastic as well:  Lewis,
> Tolkien, LeGuin, Swinfen, Attebery and our own Farah Mendlesohn.
> And some short stories:  "The Veldt" (Bradbury),  "The Pony" and "And
> Come From Miles Around" (both by Connie Willis)
> I'll let you know how it goes...
> Looking forward to continuing the monthly reads!
> Jackie
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