Missed Opportunities: The Subordination of Children in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Moruzi, Kristine 2005, Missed Opportunities: The Subordination of Children in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Children's Literature in Education, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 55-68.

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Title Missed Opportunities: The Subordination of Children in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
Author(s) Moruzi, Kristine
Journal name Children's Literature in Education
Volume number 36
Issue number 1
Start page 55
End page 68
Total pages 14
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0045-6713
1573-1693
Keyword(s) Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials
Children
Adults
Subordination
Summary In the His Dark Materials trilogy, Pullman reworks the fall of humanity into an ascent and suggests that ascent into adulthood through sexual experience is the desired goal for children. Although this ascent is accompanied by a radical reconceptualization of life and death, Pullman fails to offer any genuinely new ideas of the world with respect to adult–child relationships and the roles that children play in our society. Situated as it is at the crossroads of children’s literature and fantasy, His Dark Materials fails to take advantage of the freedom these two genres provide and reinforces current conceptions of children and their role in society.
Language eng
Field of Research 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061307

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