Intertextuality and Psychology in P. L. Travers' «Mary Poppins» Books by Julia KunzIntertextuality and Psychology in P. L. Travers' «Mary Poppins» Books by Julia Kunz

Intertextuality and Psychology in P. L. Travers' «Mary Poppins» Books

byJulia Kunz

Hardcover | March 27, 2014

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As we approach the seventieth anniversary of the first appearance of Mary Poppins, interest in P. L. Travers’ most famous creation is still strong and the time is right for a reassessment of a work that is rich in meaning for child and adult readers alike. This book attempts to analyse some of the reasons behind the longevity and the ongoing appeal of the Mary Poppins material, with particular reference to intertextuality and the presence of what Freud described as «the uncanny». By comparing and contrasting the Mary Poppins material with previous texts, it can be seen that Travers has been drawing, consciously and subconsciously, on the great myths and archetypes of the collective human storytelling experience. The idea therefore emerges that the Mary Poppins stories touch on some fundamental aspect of the psyche – an aspect where the symbiosis of security and fear, the familiar and the unknown, are made manifest to the reader, whether as children finding their way into adulthood or as adults recalling their beginnings.
Julia Kunz studied English and French at the University of Leipzig. Her research interests are focused on children’s literature, representations of the child in literature and culture, and contemporary Irish fiction.
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Title:Intertextuality and Psychology in P. L. Travers' «Mary Poppins» BooksFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:March 27, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631648731

ISBN - 13:9783631648735

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Contents: Intertextuality in Mary Poppins – Defining children’s literature – P. L. Travers and children’s literature – Travers’ links to the works of Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie, Edith Nesbit and George MacDonald – Travers’s use of fairy tale and myth – Intertextual links to Greek and Roman mythology – Travers’ connections to mysticism, theosophy and Gurdjieff – Mary Poppins and Freud – A psychoanalytical approach to Mary PoppinsMary Poppins and Freud’s uncanny.