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Criticism on and writing by Margaret Mahy – a search

March 5, 2015
  • ‘A Very Mysterious World’: Placing Margaret Mahy [Special Section] Marquis, Claudia (introd.). Children’s Literature Association Quarterly39 (2014 Spring): 105-149.

    Made in New Zealand: Place and Enchantment in Margaret Mahy‘s Picture Books Bradford, Clare. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly39 (2014 Spring): 111-120.

    Re-Viewing Margaret Mahy: Landscapes of Language and Imagination Wilkie-Stibbs, Christine. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly39 (2014 Spring): 121-129.

    ‘Knitted Up Again’: Remembering Margaret Mahy Smith, Anna. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly39 (2014 Spring): 130-139.

    Margaret Mahy: Embodying Feminism Trites, Roberta Seelinger. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly39 (2014 Spring): 140-149.

    Margaret Mahy: An Adlerian Reading Wells, Kathryn. International Research in Children’s Literature1.2 (2008 Dec): 187-199.

    Aliens in the Landscape: Maori Space and European Time in Margaret Mahy‘s Fiction Winters, Sarah Fiona. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly33.4 (2008 Winter): 408-425.

    The Clew of Her Story: Female Myth-Making in Margaret Mahy‘sThe Tricksters Gavin, Adrienne E. In Re-Embroidering the Robe: Faith, Myth and Literary Creation since 1850, edited by Bray, Suzanne, Gavin, Adrienne E, Merchant, Peter, 48-62. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2008.

    On the Gothic Beach: A New Zealand Reading of House and Landscape in Margaret Mahy‘s The Tricksters Lovell-Smith, Rose. In The Gothic in Children’s Literature: Haunting the Borders, edited by Jackson, Anna, Coats, Karen, McGillis, Roderick, 93-115. New York, NY: Routledge, 2008.

    Uncanny Hauntings, Canny Children Jackson, Anna. In The Gothic in Children’s Literature: Haunting the Borders, edited by Jackson, Anna, Coats, Karen, McGillis, Roderick, 157-176. New York, NY: Routledge, 2008.

    Crossovers and Changeovers: Reading Lynn Johnston through Margaret Mahy Hester, Sam. ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies3.3 (2007 Spring): 49 paragraphs.

    Margaret Mahy‘s Post-National Bridge-Building: Weaving the Threads of Unbelonging. Magnan-Park, Anne. In The Pain of Unbelonging: Alienation and Identity in Australasian Literature, edited by Collingwood-Whittick, Sheila, Greer, Germaine, 181-206. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2007.

    Positive and Powerful: The Adolescent Character and Implied Reader in Alchemy and Hexwood. Barton, Julie. Journal of Children’s Literature Studies2.3 (2005 Nov): 40-50.

    ‘Solid All the Way Through’: Margaret Mahy‘s Ordinary Witches. Waller, Alison. Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly35.1 (2004 Mar): 77-86.

    Apparition and Apprehension: Supernatural Mystery and Emergent Womanhood in Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Novels by Margaret Mahy. Gavin, Adrienne E. In Mystery in Children’s Literature: From the Rational to the Supernatural, edited by Gavin, Adrienne E, Routledge, Christopher, 131-148. Basingstoke, England: Palgrave, 2001.

    ‘Body Language’: Speaking the féminine in Young Adult Fiction. Wilkie-Stibbs, Christine. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly25.2 (2000 Summer): 76-87.

    Finding Your Reflection in a Small Mirror: A Developing Children’s Literature in New Zealand. Mahy, Margaret. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature37.1 (1999): 50-56.

    Seeing Is Believing: Magical Realism and Visual Narrative in Margaret Mahy‘s The Changeover. Norton, Lucy. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature36.2 (1998 Summer): 29-32.

    Spiritcarvers: Interviews with Eighteen Writers from New Zealand. Sarti, Antonella; Evans, Christopher Bennet (foreword). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 1998.

    The Trickster, The Changeover, and the Fluidity of Adolescent Literature. Lawrence-Pietroni, Anna. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly21.1 (1996 Spring): 34-39.

    Choose Your Own Agenda: Margaret Mahy‘s Memory. Scutter, Heather. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly20.1 (1995 Spring): 9-14.

    Fairy Tale and Myth in Mahy‘s The Changeover and The Tricksters. Gose, Elliott B. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly16.1 (1991 Spring): 6-11.

    A Dissolving Ghost: Possible Operations of Truth in Children’s Books and the Lives of Children. Mahy, Margaret. In The Arbuthnot Lectures 1980-1989, Mahy, Margaret,  127-144. Chicago: Amer. Lib. Assn, 1990.

    A New Zealand Writer Speaks. Mahy, Margaret. In Brave New World: International Understanding through Books, edited by Birman, Wendy, Birman, John, 123-134. Perth: Curtin Univ. of Technology, 1988.

    Interview with Margaret Mahy. Edmond, Murray. Landfall: New Zealand Arts and Letters41.2 [162] (1987 June): 164-185.

    Feminism, Freud and the Fairy Tale: Reading Margaret Mahy‘s The Haunting. Marquis, Claudia. Landfall: New Zealand Arts and Letters41.2 [162] (1987 June): 186-205.

    On Building Houses That Face towards the Sun. Mahy, Margaret. In A Track to Unknown Water, edited by Lees, Stella, 104-118. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1987.

    Also, remember the theses and dissertations, such as:

    Limitation, subversion, and agency: Gendered spaces in the works of Margaret Mahy, Cynthia Voigt, and Diana Wynne Jones. Pearce, Elizabeth A.. Illinois State University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2014. 3670644.

    Questions kids ask Margaret MahyMargaret Mahy Auckland, N.Z. : Scholastic 1996. [Children’s author Margaret Mahy describes her life and work by answering some of the many questions that children ask her. Suggested level: primary, intermediate. Variant Title: Margaret Mahy]

    Margaret MahyKevin Boon Wendy Pye Team. Hong Kong : Applecross ; Auckland, N.Z. : Distributed by Heinemann Education 1995. Series: Sunshine books. Level 6

    Magical Margaret Mahy Betty Gilderdale. Alan Gilderdale illustrator. Auckland, New Zealand : Puffin Books. 2013. [Revision of: Introducing Margaret Mahy, first published in 1987. Includes new chapter, updates the lists of awards given to Margaret Mahy and updates the bibliography. Includes bibliographical references.]

    A tall, long, faced tale : Margaret Mahy in conversation with her own characters…  Mahy, Margaret.; Know, Elizabeth. Date: 2008-04-05. video/mp4; 75 min.; undefined [An interviewer once asked Margaret Mahy: “If she were transformed into her true self, what would she become?” Mahy replied, “A tall, long-faced tale”. What better way to describe a person who is widely acknowledged to be one of New Zealand’s greatest writers? In tonight’s NZ Festival documentary A Tall, Long-Faced Tale, viewers get an opportunity to see the real Mahy – Mahy the intellectual, Mahy the magical, Mahy the witty, the whimsical and the wicked, as interviewed by some of her own fictional characters and fellow author Elizabeth Knox. Animated paper cut-outs like the Lion from The Lion In The Meadow and the Witch from The Witch In The Cherry Tree step into Mahy’s living room and her life. They leave as they came, appearing and vanishing as slickly as a Cheshire cat. The young adult characters from her books are portrayed by students from Toi Whakaari, New Zealand’s National Drama School, and are seen in live action excerpts until, fascinated by their origins, they appear in Mahy’s lounge, office and garden to ask her their questions. Adding to these fascinating characters are interviews with some of Mahy’s extraordinary illustrators – Quentin Blake, Steven Kellogg and Jenny Williams.] Showcase (Television program) TVNZ6

    Tragedy’s wild twin : the mixed nature of humour Margaret Mahy. Auckland, N.Z. : Auckland College of Education 2004. 38 p. ; 21 cm.. ISBN:0958346496 (pbk.)

    Surprising moments : the inaugural Margaret Mahy Award lecture Margaret Mahy Auckland, N.Z. : New Zealand Children’s Book Foundation : Distributed by New Women’s Press 1991.

    Notes of a bag lady Margaret Mahy Wellington N.Z. : Four Winds Press 2003

    NZ Festival A tall, long, faced tale [19/1/08] Margaret Mahy; Elizabeth Know; 2007. 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm..; DVD-Video; Region 0; PAL. [Discover the real Margaret Mahy – Margaret the intellectual, Margaret the witty, the whimsical and the wicked, being interviewed by some of her own fictional characters and fellow author Elizabeth Knox.]

    Margaret Mahy’s rumbustifications Yvonne Mackay; Margaret Mahy; Euan Frizzell 1954-2012.New Zealand : Television New Zealand ; Roadshow Entertainment distributor c2012. 1 DVD (ca. 47 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in..; PAL, encoded for region 0. [A summery Saturday morning — Down the back of the chair — The snail — Hiccups — The ghastly nightmare, or The butcher’s dream — Jam — Ghosts — Bubble trouble — Hush! Hush! Hush! — The boy who was followed home — Magic — Puck’s song — The three legged cat — Further adventures of Humpty Dumpty — Dashing dog — When I’m old and wrinkled like a raisin. “Sitting with her grandchildren, Margaret reads some of her most famous works – and you’re invited to be a very special part of the audience. Blending animation and imagination, the characters in these tales and poems from Mahy spring to life from the page and breathe life into her works and tales in front of you”–Container.]

    Tricksters, conjurors, skydancers Joy Cowley, Jack Lasenby, Margaret Mahy, in conversation with Kate De Goldi. Joy Cowley; Jack Lasenby; Margaret Mahy; Kate De Goldi Wellington, N.Z. : Ministry of Education c2007.  3 videodiscs ( ca. 328 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (90 p. ; 30 cm.).; DVD-Video; Region 4; PAL. [Three New Zealand writers, discuss their influences, beliefs, professional lives and work in the children’s literature genre. In the taster/book Kate de Goldi discusses how she developed this resource. Includes both student and teachers notes.]
    Profiles: Margaret Mahy de Friez, Sonja Raconteur Film and Television Productions Date: 2014-04-05 video/mp4; 23 min.; undefined [A documentary about acclaimed New Zealand author Margaret Mahy, examines her life as a writer, the importance of New Zealand settings on her work; and the international success she’s enjoyed.] Profiles (Television program)

    Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan: Margaret Mahy Tribute
     Ryan, Kathryn Duder, Tessa; McIntyre, John 2012-07-24  audio/mp3; 26 min.; undefined [Host inteviewer, Kathryn Ryan ; guests Tessa Duder and John McIntyre. The death of legendary children’s author Margaret Mahy With Tessa Duder – author of Margaret Mahy: A Writer’s Life an John McIntyre – our children’s book reviewer, runs the Children’s Bookshop in Wellington.] Nine to Noon (Radio Program)

    Margaret Mahy : a writer’s life : a literary portrait of New Zealand’s best-loved children’s author. Tessa Duder [New ed. with epilogue]. Auckland, N.Z. : HarperCollins 2012

    Marvellous codes : the fiction of Margaret Mahy
      Elizabeth Hale 1970-; Sarah Fiona Winters. Wellington N.Z. : Victoria University Press 2005.

    Her life’s work : conversations with five New Zealand women Deborah Shepard Auckland, N.Z. : Auckland University Press 2009.
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