Roald Dahl is one of the world's best-loved authors. More than twenty years after his death, his books are still highly popular with children and have inspired numerous feature films - yet he remains a controversial figure.This volume, the first collection of academic essays ever to be devoted to Dahl's work, brings together a team of well-known scholars of children's literature to explore the man, his books for children, and his complex attitudes towards various key subjects. Including essays on education, crime, Dahl's humour, his long-term collaboration with the artist Quentin Blake, and film adaptations, this fascinating collection offers a unique insight into the writer and his world.
ANN ALSTON and CATHERINE BUTLER are both Senior Lecturers in English at the University of the West of England, UK.
Series Editor's Preface.- Notes on Contributors .- Introduction; C.Butler .- Fairy Tale and Anti-Fairy Tale: Roald Dahl and the Telling Power of Stories; D.Thacker .- Discomfort and Delight: The Role of Humour in Roald Dahl's Works for Children; J.E.Stallcup .- 'Don't gobblefunk around with words': Roald Dahl and Language; D.Rudd.- 'The problem of school': Roald Dahl and Education; P.Pinsent.- The Unlikely Family Romance in Roald Dahl's Children's Fiction; A.Alston .- 'When one is with her it is impossible to be bored': An Examination of Roald Dahl's Contribution to a Feminist Project in Children's Literature; B.Pennell .- An Unsuitable Read for a Child? Reconsidering Crime and Violence in Roald Dahl's Fiction for Children; H.Worthington.- All Grown Up: Filmic Interpretations of Roald Dahl's Novels; J.Pulliam.- Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake; C.Scott .- Roald Dahl and the Commodification of Fantasy; P.Hunt .- Further Reading.- Index.