Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/87353
Title:
“Solid All the Way Through”: Margaret Mahy's Ordinary Witches
Authors:
Waller, Alison
Abstract:
In The Haunting, The Changeover, and The Tricksters, Margaret Mahy fuses supernatural iconography of witchcraft and magic with images of ordinary and domestic adolescence. This article argues that Mahy's "fantastic realism" illuminates aspects of female teenage experience through a blend of myth, fairy tale, folklore, and history, as well as conventional representations of adolescent development and archetypes of young adult literature. The heroines are ordinary witches who find freedom, empowerment, and sexual knowledge in their magical identities but who also remain firmly positioned as schoolgirls, daughters, and sisters. Although possibilities of excess or black magic are implied by the author's use of witches, such implications are contained by frameworks of real and domestic ordinary life, and this article concludes that witchcraft is a motif that Mahy manipulates in order to describe growing pains, developing sexuality, and an intriguing form of female power.
Citation:
Alison Waller. '“Solid All the Way Through”: Margaret Mahy's Ordinary Witches'. Children’s Literature in Education, Vol. 35, No. 1, March 2004. pp. 77-86
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Journal:
Children's Literature in Education
Issue Date:
2004 ; 2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/87353
DOI:
10.1023/B:CLID.0000018902.40058.f3
Additional Links:
http://www.springerlink.com/content/w6856l75357422nl/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
00456713; 15731693
Appears in Collections:
Department of English and Creative Writing Collection

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dc.identifier.citationAlison Waller. '“Solid All the Way Through”: Margaret Mahy's Ordinary Witches'. Children’s Literature in Education, Vol. 35, No. 1, March 2004. pp. 77-86en
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dc.identifier.issn15731693-
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/87353-
dc.description.abstractIn The Haunting, The Changeover, and The Tricksters, Margaret Mahy fuses supernatural iconography of witchcraft and magic with images of ordinary and domestic adolescence. This article argues that Mahy's "fantastic realism" illuminates aspects of female teenage experience through a blend of myth, fairy tale, folklore, and history, as well as conventional representations of adolescent development and archetypes of young adult literature. The heroines are ordinary witches who find freedom, empowerment, and sexual knowledge in their magical identities but who also remain firmly positioned as schoolgirls, daughters, and sisters. Although possibilities of excess or black magic are implied by the author's use of witches, such implications are contained by frameworks of real and domestic ordinary life, and this article concludes that witchcraft is a motif that Mahy manipulates in order to describe growing pains, developing sexuality, and an intriguing form of female power.en
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dc.publisherSpringer Netherlandsen
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dc.subjectMargaret Mahyen
dc.subjectfantastic realismen
dc.subjectadolescenceen
dc.subjectwitchcraften
dc.subjectfemale sexualityen
dc.title“Solid All the Way Through”: Margaret Mahy's Ordinary Witchesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalChildren's Literature in Educationen
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