Myth and Childhood in Philip Pullman

Roundtable Discussion
Myth and Childhood in Philip Pullman

Myth Reading Group
Wednesday 12 February 2020
1.15 – 2.45 pm
Room NTC.2.07

Leonardo da Vinci, Lady with an Ermine (1489–90). [Public Domain]

In this roundtable session we will discuss the use of myth in Philip Pullman’s acclaimed trilogy His Dark Materials (1995-2000) and we will consider some of the literary influences behind it, from the biblical story of the Fall and Milton’s Paradise Lost to William Blake. The books focus on Lyra’s childhood adventures and her battle with the Magisterium.

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.

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