Friday, October 15, 2010

Raj's Magical Investigation

I’m a sucker for a good analysis of literature, especially when it deals with a subject close to my heart. Well, I came across just such an examination of the building blocks of storytelling dealing with none other than Sir J.M. Barrie and Peter Pan. In conjunction with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, a blogger named Raj gives us marvelous insights into how a child processes the difference between fantasy & reality in ways other than an adult. I applauded him on his post, particularly liking his command of the finer details of Barrie’s idea of the Neverland as well as the attributes and comparisons of Wendy in mythological terms. I asked if I could mention and link to his article. He said yes, so I invite you to delve into his words...

Children seem to know about consciousness, regardless of how we as adults come to define that mysterious process. Children seem to know about magic, too. Is it a stretch to say that all perception in youth is inherently magical?

Read the rest of
Childhood Disclosure – The longings, ideals and possibilities of magic in youth and children’s literature here.

Thanks, Raj!
By the way, I love your profile blurb.

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