06 December 2007

Someone should write a book

that examines Philip Pullman's retelling of Paradise Lost in His Dark Materials and that objectively, dispassionately compares his reading of Milton with those of C.S. Lewis and Stanley Fish. Blake should also be tossed in there (particularly a reading similar to Annie Dillard's in "A Field of Silence"). Also, how does Pullman read Paradise Regained? Would it clarify or confuse the issues raised in his trilogy?

Basically, with the renewed interest in Pullman due to the film release of The Golden Compass, I'd love to see exchanges that have more to do with literature than religious polemic. (Granted, polemic has its place, but it seems that it is more and more difficult to find assessments of such polarizing work that are free of agendas, pro or con.)

6 comments:

the teaching assistant said...

Agreed. I'd really like to read that kind of book!

Anonymous said...

Dear A.M. Correa,
We have recieved and read your book proposal, and we agree that this subject would make a great book. Please send us your manuscript when you have finished writing this book, and we will move on to the publishing phase.
Sincerely,
Book Publishing Company People

(*ahem*)

amcorrea said...

TA--Do you know of any article/book that even untangles his ideas and traces influences in The Golden Compass? I know that Borders has recently put together a collection of essays by YA authors on the trilogy, but I don't know how thorough it is.

Dear BPCP--I appreciate your kind and very generous offer for publication. However, as I was unable to even enroll in a Milton class as an undergrad (cursed GE kept me from taking everything, even though I inadvertantly double-majored in my own major!), I consider myself rather unqualified for the task. Perhaps posting here after doing the requisite reading would be acceptable? Please advise.

the teaching assistant said...

Sorry, I'm not familiar with any such article or book. All the stuff I've come across deals mainly with faith, atheism, and Pullman's personal agendas. Nothing much even about Milton.

the teaching assistant said...

You might be interested in a review of the film version that the Little Professor wrote earlier today. I personally haven't seen the movie yet, so I don't yet know if I'll agree with her!

amcorrea said...

Thanks, TA! Excellent review. What Miriam says makes a lot of sense. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the rest of trilogy in its transition to film. (It hasn't arrived here yet, but I hope to see it soon.)