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Author O'Keefe, Deborah.

Title Readers in wonderland : the liberating worlds of fantasy fiction / Deborah O'Keefe
Published New York : Continuum, 2003, 2004


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Description 222 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Introduction: How to Make Sense of a World -- 1. A Child Goes into the World -- 2. Lighter Worlds: Living in Harmony and Balance -- 3. Shifting Worlds: Playing with Time and Space -- The Middle of the Journey: Looking Around -- 4. Bigger Worlds: Finding the Way -- 5. Worlds Stained by Humankind: Making Choices -- 6. Battlefield Worlds: Fighting Tyranny and Chaos
Summary "O'Keefe examines a wide range of children's fantasy books, and draws on her own experiences as a sympathetic reader as well as on the views of psychologists and social theorists. Readers in Wonderland ranges from William Steig's small picture books to J. R. R. Tolkien's epic series; from utopias like L. Frank Baum's Oz to dystopias like Virginia Hamilton's Dustland; from less-known works like Patricia Wrightson's to the phenomenon that is J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter; from time travel to parallel worlds; and from magical transformations and wishes that come true to lonely journeys and huge battles of good against evil."--BOOK JACKET
"In this book, Deborah O'Keefe discusses the work of more than eighty writers, most from the past half-century, and shows why their tales have proved to be so compelling, particularly in recent years. Fantasy reading does not merely provide escape from troubles and aid in developing the self, it also helps one respond to all that is outside the private self. It shows how to make sense of a confusing world by offering coherence and possibility."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page) and an index
Notes Also issued online
Subject Fantasy fiction -- History and criticism.
Fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
LC no. 2002154247
ISBN 0826414699 hardcover alkaline paper