Discussing Philip Pullman and the humanities
On 4th February 2019, Dr Margaret Kean from the University of Oxford came to College to give a talk on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and studying the humanities.
Through seemingly disparate topics, she demonstrated how the author's fantasy universe is in effect a reinterpretation of our own human cultures, and the 'strangeness' we notice as readers is the same kind of critical assessment that is required in the field of humanities.
There was much discussion about his inspirations, the marketing of the series, and the use of neologisms in the text. Pullman's novels are a staple in children's fiction, but the talk allowed us to revisit the books in a new multi-disciplinary way.