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ERIC Number: EJ815287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Otherness through Elves: Into Elfland and Beyond
Yamazaki, Akiko
Children's Literature in Education, v39 n4 p305-313 Dec 2008
This article examines three novels which use stories of elves--especially the ballad "Tam Lin"--as pre-texts, and contemplates how they explore the issue of Otherness. The three novels are "The Sterkarm Handshake" by Susan Price, "Cold Tom" by Sally Prue, and "Fire and Hemlock" by Diana Wynne Jones. Although the novels seem to be about elves as Other, they can be read as observations on human nature and human relationships. The article speculates on how encounters with the Other illuminate what humans are like and how these contacts affect the human characters by making them see themselves in a different light.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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