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A Century of Welsh Myth in Children's Literature (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy)-Donna R. White

  • Title: A Century of Welsh Myth in Children's Literature (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy)
  • Author: Donna R. White
  • Released: 1998-04-08
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  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 0313305706
  • ISBN13: 978-0313305702
  • ASIN: 0313305706

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From School Library Journal In this highly readable volume, White concentrates on the ancient stories known collectively as the Mabinogi. She explores the various retellings that have been published in the last 150 years, focusing on the appearance of these stories and themes in original fantasy literature for children, most notably in the work of British writer Alan Garner and American author Lloyd Alexander. In exploring their novels, White illuminates the connection between the ancient legends and the authors' own creative inventions in plot, characterization, and theme. Other writers who have adapted parts of the Mabinogi in their books are discussed in less depth. Occasionally, White's own critical prejudices are too apparent; she is curiously dismissive of Nancy Bond's remarkable fantasy, A String in the Harp. However, she makes some fascinating points about the importance of fantasy, its appeal to certain types of readers, and the different perceptions of the genre in England and America. A significant study to support children's literature courses and for those with an interest in these distinctive myths.
Connie C. Rockman, Stratford Library Association, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review ?[W]ell-written and insightful book....White has done a wonderful job analyzing the fictional stores without shredding their artistic power. In fact, reading this story inspires one to rush out and read or reread the works she discusses. White writes with a down-to-the-bones feel for the book's literary qualities as well as an understanding of their Celtic influences. Her book...is written in an accessible style, which makes it inviting fare for story lovers and scholars alike. This book would be especially interesting for authors, who can explore how masters of fiction incorporate mythological elements without overwhelming their own storylines or flattening their own characters. And it might inspire librarians or other custodians of the bookshelves to promote wider availability of authors such as Jenny Nimmo, who are not as well knows in the United States as they should ought to be.?-Children's Literature Association Quarterly pdf
 
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