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Wrestling With Religion: Pullman, Pratchett, And The Uses Of Story, Elisabeth Rose Gruner Jan 2001

Wrestling With Religion: Pullman, Pratchett, And The Uses Of Story, Elisabeth Rose Gruner

English Faculty Publications

While children's and young adult fantasy literature is often concerned with "first things," with the struggle between good and evil, or with the fate of the cosmos, still it is rarely overtly religious in the sense of direct engagement with "faith, religion and church(es)" (Ghesquiere 307). Perhaps it is children's literature's vexed relationship with didacticism that keeps fantasy writers for children from engaging directly with religious language and concepts, or perhaps it is the setting in an alternate world that enables allegorizing impulse rather than direct engagement. In either case, despite a tradition of fables, parables ...