ERIC Number: EJ832621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
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"We Cooperate, or We Die": Sustainable Coexistence in Terry Pratchett's "The Amazing Maurice" and "His Educated Rodents"
Children's Literature in Education, v40 n2 p85-94 Jun 2009
This article examines Terry Pratchett's "The Amazing Maurice" as a modern example of environmentally informed social dreaming about sustainable coexistence. In our increasingly ecologically-conscious world sustainability and coexistence have become key words in the discourse about social, economic and political relations. The problem of relating to what lies beyond the human, however, remains a challenge. This article argues that this problem is central to Pratchett's novel, making it a serious commentary on ecoliteracy and ecodesign. "The Amazing Maurice", it is claimed, is a work with a transformative purpose. It suggests that cooperation and coexistence are workable beyond what we assume to be their limits.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Sustainable Development, Cooperation, Interpersonal Relationship, Ecology, Environmental Education, Social Values, Moral Values, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adolescent Literature
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