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Posted - 06/02/2007 :  16:06:52  Show Profile Send Siobhan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Theo was asking for a place to post resources for writers, perhaps a bookshelf of sorts. So here it is.

We've been discussing the recent History channel special "The Legend of Star Wars" over in the HPCS topic and it has led us to conversations about legend/myth.

Eeyore recommends:
Thomas Foster, How to Read Literature Like a Professor

I am planning on looking into:
Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

"What we have today is a demythologized world...And, as a result, the students I meet are very much interested in mythology because myths bring them messages." ---Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Anyone else?

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Posted - 06/02/2007 :  18:32:47  Show Profile  Send Eeyore a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I'll add any of the books by John Granger, but I particularly like his latest, which is more focused on reading literature in general:

John Granger, Unlocking Harry Potter: Five Keys for the Serious Reader

As a sample of what you'll find, from the Table of Contents:

Chapter 1
Key 1:
Narrative Misdirection

Chapter 2
Key 2: Part One
: Alchemy 101 (a very thorough explanation without being overly lengthy and he uses many different sources--mostly books that were written pre-Potter, which I find more credible than the on-line sources or Wikipedia sorts)

Part Two: Alchemical Arithmancy (AP)
Part Three: Alchemical Keys to the Rubedo

Chapter 3
Key 3:
The Hero's Journey

Chapter 4
Key 4: Part One
: Disney Does Derrida: Postmodern Ideas in Pop Culture
Part Two: Postmodern Harry: Joanne Rowling as a Writer of Our Times
Part Three: Mistaken Identities: Dumbledore & Voldemort as PoMo's (postmoderns)

Chapter 5
Key 5:

Traditional Symbolism OR Postmodernism on Its Head

Chapter 6
Deathly Hallow SWAGS Based on the Five Keys

Chapter 7

While this obviously was written specifically about Harry Potter, much of it applies to reading literature in general and undestanding why 19th century lit or before is so different than 20th century literature--and how Rowling and all of us fit into our own time, how that affects what we write, how we understand what we read.


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Edited by - Eeyore on 06/02/2007 18:35:00
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