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inklings – Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik

Düstere Aussichten – Margaret Atwoods imaginative Expeditionen in das Unwohnliche"- </I>Symposium 27. und 28. September 2014 in Düren

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Edited By Dieter Petzold

Inklings nannte sich eine Gruppe von Schriftstellern und Geisteswissenschaftlern in Oxford, deren bekannteste Mitglieder J.R.R. Tolkien und C.S. Lewis waren. Die Inklings-Gesellschaft e. V. widmet sich seit 1983 dem Studium und der Verbreitung der Werke dieser und ihnen nahestehender Autoren sowie der Analyse des Phantastischen in Literatur, Film und Kunst allgemein. Ihre Jahrestagungen werden in Jahrbüchern dokumentiert. Dieser Band enthält neun Vorträge der Tagung Düstere Aussichten – Margaret Atwoods imaginative Expeditionen in das Unwohnliche, die 2014 in Düren stattfand und sich neben Atwoods Romanen auch mit der Rolle des Nordens in der Literatur beschäftigte. Fünf weitere Beiträge und zahlreiche Rezensionen ergänzen das Buch.
Inklings was the name of a group of Oxford scholars and writers whose best-known members were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The German Inklings-Gesellschaft, founded in 1983, is dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of their works and of writers commonly associated with them and to the study of the fantastic in literature, film and the arts in general. The proceedings of the annual Inklings conferences are being published in yearbooks. This volume contains nine papers presented at the 2014 conference on Dark Visions – Margaret Atwood’s Imaginative Travels into the Regions of the Uncomfortable. The contributions deal with Atwood’s novels and also with the role of the North in literature at large. In addition, there are five general articles and numerous reviews.
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The Northern Imagination in Russell Hoban’s Soonchild and Other Children’s Books

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← 106 | 107 → Franziska Burstyn

This paper will trace some prevalent images of the north in children’s and young adult literature as well as its associated characteristics of both physical and emotional cold. In order to show the prevalence of both the traditional north and its literary flexibility, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale of the Snow Queen (1844), the White Witch in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950), Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (1995-2000) and Geraldine McCaughrean’s The White Darkness (2005) will be briefly discussed, followed by a somewhat more explicit exploration of Russell Hoban’s young adult novel Soonchild (2012), which introduces the setting of the north as the place where spirits come to life. In this story, the protagonist Sixteen-Face John, an Inuit shaman, is confronted with the task to recover the World Songs for his unborn child, who refuses to be born into a world which does not remember its traditions anymore and is governed by the convenience of co-ops and Coca-Cola. Consequently, the story also critically assesses the convenience culture of Western society and pursues an ecocritical objective, which is elaborated on in terms of Inuit totemism.

Dieser Beitrag verfolgt einige verbreitete Darstellungen des Nordens in der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur, sowie die assoziativen Charakteristika von physischer und emotionaler Kä lte. Um die Verbreitung des traditionell dargestellten Nordens und seinen literarischen Ausformungen aufzuzeigen, wird hier kurz auf folgende Texte eingegangen: Hans Christian Andersens Märchen von der Schneekönigin (1844), die...

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