Reading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: A Special Edition of the Journal of Children’s Literature Studies

COX, Katharine and JORDAN, Spencer (2013). Reading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: A Special Edition of the Journal of Children’s Literature Studies. In: CARRINGTON, Bridget and PINSENT, Pat, (eds.) The final chapters: Concluding papers of the journal of children's literature studies. Trowbridge, Wizards Tower Press.

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Abstract

Philip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials (1995-2000), is a significant late twentieth-century text with lasting cultural appeal. Initial book-length publications were of poor academic value and were targeted at a general readership.i The beginning of scholarly analysis of his works can be traced to Millicent Lenz and Carole Scott’s collection (2005) and Pullman’s inclusion in chapters on children’s literature (see for example Hunt and Lenz 2005).    During the period of publication, the novels were controversial, both in terms of their subject matter (specifically the depictions of organized religion) and their crossover readership. These controversies continue to resonate, although are no longer the sole areas of analysis addressed by critics. The trilogy’s religious representations were prominently discussed in the popular press at the time of publication, were repeatedly addressed by Pullman in interview and have resulted in a number of publications. This special edition draws together contemporary research on Pullman to consider new approaches to the trilogy. It is hoped that these perspectives will help shape contemporary approaches to his work and become a valuable addition to current Pullman scholarship.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: The Journal of Children's Literature Studies ceased publication unexpectedly with five issues still unpublished. This volume collects the material from those issues. The section 'Reading Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: A Special Edition of the Journal of Children’s Literature Studies' was originally to be published in volume 9, issue 2 (July 2012)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Humanities Research Centre
Departments: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Humanities
Depositing User: Katharine Cox
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2018 11:09
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2019 12:25
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21275

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