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2683Re: [mythsoc] Pullman and the Anxiety of Influence, etc.

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  • Sophie Masson
    Oct 31, 2000
      I think Philip(whom I know, though by correspondence rather than in the
      flesh, yet)is very much against the portrayal of girls in the Narnia series,
      particularly Susan and various other bit players, like 'the girl with fat
      legs' in The Silver Chair etc..His view is that also Lewis is saying that
      experience equals corruption; that innocence only is good; and that this
      world is not a good one, but one to flee from, particularly in death. Also,
      I think he is dismayed by various things such as equating garlic-eating
      people with badness. I mustsay myself that as a child(and an adult), though
      I loved the others in the series, I disliked The Last Battle thoroughly--I
      couldn't have told you why as a child but now I think it was because it
      reminded me of hellfire preachers I had known. It seems to me the least
      childlike and mythical of the series, and I think Philip particularly hates
      that one too.

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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: David Lenander <d-lena@...>
      To: <mythsoc@egroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, 1 November 2000 3:21
      Subject: [mythsoc] Pullman and the Anxiety of Influence, etc.

      > >
      > I certainly had that impression from one or two articles that I read in
      which Pullman attacks the Lewis books. I've never read "The Anxiety of
      Influence" but from
      > references I gather that's the phenomenon involved here. On Mythcon
      panels Paul Edwin Zimmer used to like to mention the early days when Michael
      Moorcock was a
      > major Tolkien fan, before he grew up to repudiate things Tolkien and write
      his own works in reaction. Somewhere Gene Wolfe was quoted as saying that
      Tolkien is
      > such a giant for subsequent fantasyists that they must either write in his
      shadow or in reaction to Tolkien. I'd really love to find the original Gene
      > quotation. It seems overstatement from a writer who is probably most
      influenced by another giant, J.L. Borges, and certainly shows more influence
      from Dickens and
      > Kipling than Tolkien. So I'd like to see exactly what he said. (Or to
      know that he was misquoted).
      > By the way, I read Caroline Stevermer's new book, _When the King Comes
      Home_ and greatly enjoyed it.
      > >
      > > Message: 7
      > > Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 21:28:03 EST
      > > From: Stolzi@...
      > > Subject: Re: Pullman about Lewis
      > > [. . . .]
      > >
      > > But it brings up this thought: Why does Pullman talk about Lewis so
      > > I mean, are the interviewers persistent on this, is he just responding
      > > them - or =is= he wrestling with some kind of grudge/complex/whatever
      that he
      > > can't seem to give up?
      > >
      > > Mary S
      > >
      > > ________________________________________________________________________
      > > ________________________________________________________________________
      > >
      > > Message: 8
      > > Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 19:41:49 -0600
      > > From: Ted Sherman <tedsherman@...>
      > > Subject: Re: Pullman about Lewis
      > >
      > > Mary,
      > >
      > > He's got an axe to grind. Read the interviews. And read those that were
      > > in Lion and the Unicorn last year and in Horn Book.
      > >
      > > Ted
      > David Lenander
      > e-mail: d-lena@... web-page: http://umn.edu/~d-lena/RIVENDELL.html
      > The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
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