By Peter Hunt, Lenz
This ebook presents an illuminating advisor to literature that creates replacement worlds for younger readers. concentrating on the paintings of Ursula Le Guin, Terry Pratchett and Philip Pullman, the ebook considers either the style of 'alternative worlds' and the individuality of those authors' texts, together with Philip Pullman's The Amber Sypglass. Peter Hunt is Pofessor of English at Cardiff college. Millicent Lenz is affiliate Professor on the country collage of recent York at Albany.
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Le Guin Millicent Lenz What Earthsea is about The 'big* questions In A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) Le Guin confronts the big existential question: how to respond to the Biblical knowledge, 'Dust thou art, and to dust thou shalt return' (Genesis 3:19). Le Guin's direct approach to the topic of personal death and what lies beyond it distinguishes her and certain other fantasists - J. R. R. Tolkien among them - from most writers in this secular age, when concepts of death and the hereafter, so much a part of our ancestors' daily psychological landscape, have become a terra incognita (see Esmonde, 1987).
However, the alternative world of the books, although it may look like a slice of Sussex, is not the real Five-Hundred Acre Wood, but the Hundred Aker Wood, which is a very different thing. And so, what is happening in terms of fantasizing is every bit as complex, in terms of writer-adultchild relationships, and every bit as conventional in terms of characteristics, as larger-scale works. This may not seem like one of the grand heroic narratives - but it is a question of scale, and, perhaps, gender.
Attebery's later book, Strategies of Fantasy (1992), perhaps influenced by feminist literary criticism, reveals much more insight into Tenar's experience. He categorizes A Wizard of Earthsea as belonging to a tale-type known as the 'sorcerer's apprentice', wherein the male hero begins in obscurity, attracts attention to his gifts, leaves the domestic setting, is apprenticed to a male 'master' who endows him with a new name, attends an all-male school, commits an act of disobedience resulting in disaster, wanders the world to find a remedy for the evil he has unleashed, is tempted by a witch, bests a dragon, and finally overcomes evil.
Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction (Continuum Collection, Contemporary Classics of Children's Literature) by Peter Hunt, Lenz