[DWJ] Children's literature turning theory into plot?

Farah Mendlesohn farah.sf at gmail.com
Fri Jun 3 07:55:11 EDT 2016


Well if I'm getting ego boo......


This has made me very happy: only a review in the longest running English
language magazine in the world:
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/06/do-myths-and-folklore-damage-childrens-brains/

On 3 June 2016 at 08:15, Kyra Jucovy <arykiy at gmail.com> wrote:

> If we are going into general praise of Farah's book now, I would definitely
> chime in.  When I was doing a mini-course for 16 year-olds with little
> background in literature using Sarah Rees Brennan's _The Demon's Lexicon_
> to teach them about close reading and unreliable narration I actually used
> quotations from it to make the general point that children's and YA
> literature can be beneficial in teaching people how to read from a critical
> standpoint.  I'm sure that the book was an influence on my decision to run
> that particular course!  So thanks, Farah.
>
> ---Kyra
>
> On Fri, 3 Jun 2016 15:10 Farah Mendlesohn, <farah.sf at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Oh bless you! That is a really lovely comment
> >
> >
> > F
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On 3 Jun 2016, at 07:45, Gin <kalaidiscope at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Dear Farah,
> > >
> > > Now might be a good time to tell you how much I enjoyed that book. I
> had
> > > never been able to work out Hexwood until I read it. I mean, it made
> > sense-
> > > but not as a coherent whole.
> > >
> > > Thanks
> > >
> > > Gin
> > >
> > >> On Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 4:25 PM, Farah Mendlesohn <farah.sf at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Pretty much my entire book on Diana Wynne Jones, Kathleen. The
> original
> > >> title, which I was not allowed to have, was The Critical Fictions of
> > Diana
> > >> Wynne Jones.  See both the introduction and the conclusion.
> > >>
> > >> Routledge, 2005. They have dramatically reduced the price and it's now
> > >> around $30 on kindle or pb.
> > >>
> > >> best
> > >> Farah
> > >>
> > >> On 3 June 2016 at 04:36, Kathleen Jennings <
> kathleen.jennings at gmail.com
> > >
> > >> wrote:
> > >>
> > >>> Thank you Martha and Gili!
> > >>>
> > >>> That's very helpful.
> > >>>
> > >>> K.
> > >>>
> > >>> -----------------------------------------
> > >>> http://tanaudel.wordpress.com
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>> On Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 12:52 AM, Martha Hixon <martha.hixon at mtsu.edu
> >
> > >>> wrote:
> > >>>
> > >>>> hi, Kathleen,
> > >>>>
> > >>>> I have an article on how *Hexwood *reinacts the process of writing
> > >> itself
> > >>>> in *Telling Children's Stories, *edited by Mike Cadden and published
> > by
> > >>> the
> > >>>> U of Nebraska Press. Every essay in the book is about children's lit
> > >> and
> > >>>> narrative theory, actually, so you might want to check it out.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> I've read more than one article on how *The Stinky Cheese Man
> > *embodies
> > >>>> postmodernism, as well.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> cheers,
> > >>>> Martha
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Dr. Martha P. Hixon
> > >>>> Department of English
> > >>>> Middle Tennessee State University
> > >>>> Murfreesboro, TN 37132
> > >>>> 615.898.2599 / martha.hixon at mtsu.edu
> > >>>>
> > >>>> On Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 6:45 AM, Kathleen Jennings <
> > >>>> kathleen.jennings at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >>>>
> > >>>>> I am writing a paper on Gothic literature and wanted to include a
> > >> brief
> > >>>>> reference to the freedom children's literature seems to have to
> take
> > >> an
> > >>>>> aspect of literary theory and turn it into an explicit section of
> the
> > >>>>> plot. I feel like I have read a discussion of that by someone on
> this
> > >>>> list,
> > >>>>> and would love to cite it, but can't for the life of me find it.
> Does
> > >>>> that
> > >>>>> ring a bell to anyone?
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> DWJ does it a lot, and I'm planning to include examples from *Black
> > >>>> Maria*
> > >>>>> and
> > >>>>> *Time of the Ghost*.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> Regards to all - oh, and I'll be at Readercon this July if anyone
> > >> else
> > >>> is
> > >>>>> going!
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> Kathleen.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> -----------------------------------------
> > >>>>> http://tanaudel.wordpress.com
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