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Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy$
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Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610050.001.0001

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The Classical Pantheon in Children’s Fantasy Literature

The Classical Pantheon in Children’s Fantasy Literature

(p.189) 8 The Classical Pantheon in Children’s Fantasy Literature
Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy

Sarah Annes Brown

Oxford University Press

Sarah Annes Brown, in “The Classical Pantheon in Children’s Fantasy Literature,” examines the relative absence of Greco-Roman myth—as opposed to Norse and Celtic myth—in modern fantasy by tracking perceptions of classical myth in children’s literature from the early twentieth century to the present day. Surveying a wide range of examples—including E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Rick Riordan, and Marie Phillips—and considering in particular how children encounter Greco-Roman myth through school, Brown argues that children’s literature and literature about children reveals a conspicuous preoccupation with and antipathy towards the authority of both the Greco-Roman gods and the classical tradition itself.

Keywords:   Children’s literature, Classical mythology, Greek pantheon, Riordan, Rick, Wynne Jones, Diana

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