Fantasy, Myth and the Measure of Truth: Tales of Pullman, Lewis, Tolkien, MacDonald and Hoffmann

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This book, now in paperback, shows how the fantasy tradition culminating in Pullman's His Dark Materials inherits the Romantic quest to transpose spiritual and moral values, once the prerogrative of organized religion, into new myths. Wary of escapist fantasy, it explores how stories can generate a new vision.
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Overview

This book, now in paperback, shows how the fantasy tradition culminating in Pullman's His Dark Materials inherits the Romantic quest to transpose spiritual and moral values, once the prerogrative of organized religion, into new myths. Wary of escapist fantasy, it explores how stories can generate a new vision.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230272859
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/15/2010
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM GRAY is Reader in Literary History and Hermeneutics at the University of Chichester, UK. He studied literature, philosophy and theology at the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Princeton, and has published widely in these areas, including Death and Fantasy and books on C.S. Lewis and Robert Louis Stevenson.
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Table of Contents

Prelude: Pullman's 'High Argument' 1

1 German Roots and Mangel-wurzels 10

2 George MacDonald's Marvellous Medicine 25

3 J. R. R. Tolkien and the Love of Faery 61

4 C. S. Lewis: Reality and the Radiance of Myth 104

5 Measuring Truth: Lyra's Story 152

Postscript: Harry Potter, Hogwarts and All 185

Notes 189

Bibliography 206

Index 212

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