Loving the world in which we live: Philip Pullman’s 'His dark materials' and C.S. Lewis’s 'The chronicles of Narnia' as approaches to sublunary existence

Cuthew, L (2010) 'Loving the world in which we live: Philip Pullman’s 'His dark materials' and C.S. Lewis’s 'The chronicles of Narnia' as approaches to sublunary existence.' Journal of Children's Literature Studies, 7 (1). pp. 87-98.

Abstract

In writing the trilogy 'His Dark Materials' Philip Pullman has stated that part of his wish was to undo the "profoundly world-hating view" expressed in C.S. Lewis’s 'The Chronicles of Narnia'. The comparison between these two sets of novels is a well trodden path, but this paper shall attempt to shed some new light on old arguments. The fantasy genre is well understood as one used to approach the contemporary world. This paper looks at how the alternative worlds created by Pullman and Lewis comment on each authors own contemporary worlds, and the extent to which Pullman achieves putting forth a more positive view of the world than Lewis.

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Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
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