John Marsden: Darkness, Shadow, and Light by John Noell Moore
A master storyteller, John Marsden is Australia's best known writer for young adults. Marsden first found success with the publication of So Much To Tell You. Since then he has gone on to publish many popular and well-recognized titles, including those in the Tomorrow Series and The Ellie Chronicles. In his books, Marsden explores adolescents caught in a world of opposites, of innocence and guilt, idealism and realism, and joy and despair.
Marsden's world view and his faith in adolescents serve as the backdrop for John Noell Moore's critical readings of Marsden's major novels. In John Marsden: Darkness, Shadow, and Light, Moore investigates the full spectrum of Marsden's work, beginning with the author's life as a teacher and writer. Throughout the book, Moore weaves together Marsden's recurring themes, chief among them writing and storytelling as ways of constructing identity in the transition from childhood to adulthood and the ability of young adults to endure hardships and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The book is a valuable addition to the current scholarship on young adult literature and will be welcomed by middle and high school English teachers and students alike.
John Noell Moore is associate professor of Education at The College of William and Mary and is the author of Interpreting Young Adult Literature: Literary Theory in the Secondary Classroom. He has served on the board of directors of ALAN and has published articles in the ALAN Review and the English Journal.
Table of Contents
1 Marsden on Fiction: Unmasking Reality 1
2 Faces and Fears: The Search for Identity in So Much to Tell You 15
3 Self-discovery in Take My Word for It: A Sequel to So Much to Tell You 29
4 Writing in the Dark: Letters from the Inside 41
5 The Music of the Dark Angel: Dear Miffy 55
6 The Great Gatenby: Humor and the Adolescent Male 69
7 The Journey: The Quest Without and the Quest Within 81
8 Checkers: The Political Novel 101
9 Out of Time: The Postmodern Novel 115
10 The Tomorrow Series: A Modern Epic for Young Adults 137