Myth and Childhood in Philip Pullman
Myth Reading Group
Wednesday 12 February 2020
1.15 – 2.45 pm
Pullman’s recent trilogy, The Book of Dust (2017- ) also derives inspiration from myth and religion while it delves deeper into the existence of daemons in Pullman’s universe. In La Belle Sauvage (2017) infant Lyra travels inside a canoe during a biblical flood while in The Secret Commonwealth (2019) adult Lyra makes an epic journey from Oxford to the East.
You are welcome to bring your lunch to the session.
- The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 21: The Harpies, pp. 820-33. In this chapter Lyra descends to the Land of the Dead.
- “The Sound and the Story: Exploring the World of Paradise Lost”, essay by Philip Pullman in The Public Domain Review
- La Belle Sauvage, Chapter 23: Ancientry, pp. 508-15. In this chapter infant Lyra, Malcolm, and Alice meet a river god during the flood.
- The Secret Commonwealth, Chapter 32: Hospitality, pp. 673-77. In this chapter Lyra is separated from her daemon and seeks the Blue Hotel, a place whose residents are people without daemons.
- “Before His Dark Materials: Philip Pullman’s new novel – exclusive extract” (The Guardian, 2017)
- “What Lyra did next: an exclusive extract from Philip Pullman’s new novel The Secret Commonwealth” (The Guardian, 2019)
- His Dark Materials: Season 1, Official Trailer, HBO: