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The Resource Rumer Godden revisited, Lynne M. Rosenthal

Rumer Godden revisited, Lynne M. Rosenthal

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Rumer Godden revisited
Title
Rumer Godden revisited
Statement of responsibility
Lynne M. Rosenthal
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The Indian proverb that inspired the title of Rumer Godden's third (and, to date, final) memoir, published in 1989, likens people to houses with four rooms, each of which represents a primary aspect of the self: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. "Most of us," Godden writes, "tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person."
  • In her art as well as her life, Godden has placed a high value on personal striving for completion, that is, for the discovery of the real and mature self. Lynne Rosenthal, in this study of Godden's fiction for children and adults, shows how her dozens of works in both genres explore the "variety of experiences in which self-transformation occurs through an act of will." The focus of Rosenthal's study is the figure of the child, which Godden uses in her fiction "as a powerful mirroring image, reflecting many of society's most profound fears, struggles, and hopes for redemption."
  • Godden returns again and again in her work to the theme of the conflicting needs of children and adults. Her contemplation of this theme - particularly as it relates to the female artist and mother - predates the feminist fiction writers and critics who emerged in the early 1970s. Sympathetic from personal experience to the needs of both conflicted parent and dependent child, Godden arrives at no easy resolution of the problem. She is thoroughly sensitive to the suffering caused in children by parental neglect, yet, surprisingly, she often shows the absence of a parent to be ultimately liberating, freeing a child to undertake the journey toward completion that Godden so values. In adult novels such as An Episode of Sparrows, The Greengage Summer, and Pippa Passes, and even more consistently in such books for children as The Diddakoi, The Dolls' House, Mouse House, and Thursday's Children, the independent struggle for personal fulfillment is rewarded
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rosenthal, Lynne Meryl
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6013.O2
LC item number
Z87 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
  • Twayne's English authors series
  • Children's literature
Series volume
TEAS 519.
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Children
  • Women and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Children's stories, English
  • Godden, Rumer
Label
Rumer Godden revisited, Lynne M. Rosenthal
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 131-137) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33333338
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xvii, 142 pages
Isbn
9780805779301
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95043845
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Rumer Godden revisited, Lynne M. Rosenthal
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 131-137) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33333338
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xvii, 142 pages
Isbn
9780805779301
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
95043845
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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