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16911Re: [mythsoc] Re: A Landscape with Dragons

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  • Diane Joy Baker
    Aug 28, 2006
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      Actually, it's one I'd like to read.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Matthew Winslow" <bluewoad@...>
      To: "MythSoc" <mythsoc@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2006 11:39 PM
      Subject: [mythsoc] Re: A Landscape with Dragons


      > On 27 Aug 2006 07:21:31 -0000, John wrote:
      > > Has Michael O'Brien's A LANDSCAPE WITH DRAGONS: THE BATTLE FOR YOUR
      > > CHILD'S MIND (previously published as A LANDSCAPE WITH DRAGONS:
      > > CHRISTIAN AND PAGAN IMAGINATION IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE) been
      > > discussed on this list before? And if so can somebody point me toward
      > > that discussion? Just got a copy, but don't want to bore folks if
      > > it's already been thoroughly hashed out before I joined the list.
      >
      > John,
      >
      > I don't recall it being discussed here.
      >
      > Jonathan Michael Reiter wrote:
      > > > Haven't heard of it before, but from the updated title, I take it
      this is one of those fundamentalist "fantasy is anti-Christian" screeds??
      > >
      > > That would be about right.
      >
      > While I disagree strongly with O'Brien's conclusions, I must come to
      > his defense that the book was much more nuanced than that. Yes,
      > O'Brien is an extremely conservative Catholic, but his argument is
      > that certain symbols can never change in meaning, so a dragon is
      > always evil and that anyone who tries to make a dragon good is wrong
      > and committing sin. (Dragons, of course, being related to serpents,
      > whom the Bible depicts as symbols of evil, not to mention the evil
      > dragon from Revelation.) For O'Brien there is some redeemable fantasy,
      > but that list is extremely limited. I haven't read the book in a
      > number of years, so I can't recall what he found redeemable.
      >
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      > Matthew Winslow
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