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- DescriptionIn this book, Blackford historicizes the appeal of the Persephone myth in the nineteenth century and traces figurations of Persephone, Demeter, and Hades throughout girls' literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She illuminates developmental patterns and anxieties in E. T. A. Hoffmann's Nutcracker and Mouse King, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, E. B. White's Charlotte's Web, J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, and Neil Gaiman's Coraline. The story of the young goddess's separation from her mother and abduction into the underworld is, at root, an expression of ambivalence about female development, expressed in the various Neverlands through which female protagonists cycle and negotiate a partial return to earth. The myth conveys the role of female development in the perpetuation and renewal of humankind, coordinating natural and cultural orders through a hieros gamos (fertility coupling) rite. Meanwhile, popular vels such as Twilight and Coraline are paradoxically fresh because they recycle goddesses from myths as old as the seasons. With this book, Blackford offers a consideration of how literature for the young squares with broader cans, how classics flexibly and uniquely speak through vels that enjoy broad appeal, and how female traditions are embedded in vels by both men and women.
- Author BiographyHolly Blackford (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley), is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University, Camden, where she teaches children's and American literature. Her recent books include Out of this World: Why Literature Matters to Girls, 100 Years of Anne with an e : The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables (ed.), and Mockingbird Passing: Closeted Traditions and Sexual Curiosities.
- Author(s)Holly Blackford
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication17/06/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight362 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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