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Pagan Themes in Modern Children's Fiction: Green Man, Shamanism, Earth Mysteries
Applying a range of critical approaches to works by authors including Susan Cooper, Catherine Fisher, Geraldine McCaughrean, Anthony Horowitz and Philip Pullman, this book looks at the formative and interrogative relationship between recent children's literature and fashionable but controversial aspects of modern Paganism.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan
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I only had time to read the one chapter so far before having to return it to the library, but i can say it is very much a librarians lit crit book. It does suggest many different titles to explore if you are looking for a certain theme you would like to read more of. On the subject of the green man, i will say it had some interesting points i didnt expect.
Overly burdened with theory and showing evidence of having begun life as a dissertation. If I weren't a stolid reader of literary criticism I'd have grown impatient with the author's continual reiteration of themes and the tiresome summaries -- at the beginnings and ends of chapters and often in the middles as well -- of what he was about to say or had said. However, a useful guide to the subject and avoids the more obvious pitfalls.