Deirdre Flynn Sullivan joins us again for a Young Adult and Children’s Literature episode of “Will Call,” and she chooses the “Hero’s Journey” as our topic, which seems an appropriate, if less than obvious, direction to take this holiday season.
The hero’s journey, or monomyth, is a common pattern followed by tales from all manner of genre, whether epic fantasy, science fiction, or drama. A hero sets off on an adventure, and, during a decisive crisis, wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed. Learn more by reading the complete explanation at Wikipedia, or a slightly pared down version at The Writer’s Journey.
Deirdre Flynn Sullivan: Our Resident expert on Children’s Literature
Deirdre, an artist and longtime advocate for the arts, shares insightful observations about young adult and children’s literature that she’s gained through both concentrated study and practice.
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“We will need writers who can remember freedom.”
—Ursula Le Guin
We can’t guarantee that ALL the titles we mentioned appear here in the show notes, but we’ll add them below if we’ve missed any!
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Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson
Poky Little Puppy, Janette Sebring Lowrey and Gustaf Tenggren (Illustrator)
Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Maurice Sendak Caldecot
Skippy John Jones, Judy Schachner
Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
Catwings, by Ursula Le Guin
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg
The Tripod Series, John Christopher
A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
Catcher in the Rye — J.D. Salinger
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery