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Title: Quest : finding form in children's literature
Author: Catt, Lindsay Joanne
ISNI:       0000 0004 2750 2684
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2012
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The thesis will situate the novel Quest within the context of children's literature. It will refer to popular children's books with similar themes and styles, specifically J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy (1911), The Neverending Story (1983) by Michael Ende, and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (1997-2007). Quest is a fantasy novel aimed at nine to twelve year olds; it tells the story of Max, a boy who uses his imagination as an emotional shield. After a perilous journey from island to island, each one more fantastical than the next, Max learns to reconnect with his absent father. The critical element examines the role of heroes and villains within children's literature, while also looking at the contradictory figure of the 'heroic-villain' and other relevant elements of character. I take an essentially Formalist perspective in order to analyse Quest on a structural level, hoping to demonstrate that complex character arcs and themes can be realised from a strict foundation of basic rules.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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