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Deconstructing the hero : literary theory and children's literature

Author: Margery Hourihan
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book sets out to explore the structure and meaning of a popular literary genre, the adventure story. It contains analytical readings of some of the most popular adventure stories and looks at  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margery Hourihan
ISBN: 0415144191 9780415144193 0415141869 9780415141864 9780203974100 0203974107
OCLC Number: 36582073
Description: ix, 252 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Story. The power of the myth. Dualism and binary oppositions. The hero's point of view. The linear journey. Closure --
2. The Hero. Race. Class and mastery. Gender. Age. Relationships. Rationality. Action and violence --
3. The Wild Things. Dragons. Wolves and other beasts. Savages: 'human beasts'. Pirates, criminals and spies: 'white savages'. Ogres, darkness and shadows --
4. The Women. Marginality and inferiorization. Mothers. Goddesses, fairy godmothers and others. Witches and bitches. Brides. Relationships --
5. Rewriting the Story. Subverting the dualisms: gender. Subverting the dualisms: public and private space. Subverting the dualisms: civilization and wilderness. Denying dualism. Changing the point of view. Conclusions.
Responsibility: Margery Hourihan.
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