Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is a worldwide classic of modern literature for both children and adults. Challenging in its intellectual scope, ambitious scale and range of literary reference, it is also hugely controversial due to its critique of organised religion.
This collection of original essays by an international team of distinguished scholars assesses Pullman's achievement and introduces readers to some of the key debates surrounding His Dark Materials. Covering topics such as religion, gender, childhood and scientific enquiry, the volume also discusses the Hollywood film of the first book and features a new interview with Pullman himself.
About the Author
Catherine Butler is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of the West of England, UK.
Tommy Halsdorf lectures in English Literature at the University of Luxembourg.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Preface .- Notes on Contributors .- Acknowledgements .- Abbreviations.- Introduction; Tommy Halsdorf and Catherine Butler .- 1. Philip Pullman's 'Religious Reaction against Religion' in 'His Dark Materials'; Pat Pinsent .- 2. Pullman, the Idea of Soul, and Multimodal 'Seeability' in 'Northern Lights' and the Film 'The Golden Compass'; Rosemary Ross Johnston .- 3. The Pursuit of Knowledge: Scientific Enquiry in 'His Dark Materials'; Alison Waller .- 4. The Controversialist: Philip Pullman's Secular Humanism and Responses to 'His Dark Materials'; Naomi Wood.- 5. Bearly Conscious? Deconstructing Pullman's Postmodern Marionettes; Andrew M. Butler .- 6. 'Without Contraries is No Progression': Romantic Constructions of Childhood and Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials'; Keith O'Sullivan .- 7. Representations of Gender in Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy; T.Halsdorf.- 8. Persephone Ascending: Goddess Archetypes and Lyra's Journey to Wholeness; Susan Redington Bobby.- 9. Interview with Philip Pullman.- Selected Bibliography and Further Reading.- Index.
What People are Saying About This
Covers a variety of approaches and includes selected topics that are relevant and significant.' - Carole Scott, San Diego State University, USA
'An engaging and thought-provoking collection of essays which offers some illuminating criticism on Pullman's work.' - Lucy Pearson, Newcastle University, UK