Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 55–68 | Cite as

Missed Opportunities: The Subordination of Children in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

  • Kristine Moruzi


In the His Dark Materials trilogy, Pullman reworks the fall of humanity into an ascent and suggests that ascent into adulthood through sexual experience is the desired goal for children. Although this ascent is accompanied by a radical reconceptualization of life and death, Pullman fails to offer any genuinely new ideas of the world with respect to adult–child relationships and the roles that children play in our society. Situated as it is at the crossroads of children’s literature and fantasy, His Dark Materials fails to take advantage of the freedom these two genres provide and reinforces current conceptions of children and their role in society.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristine Moruzi
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  1. 1.Ph.D. in English LiteratureThe University of MelbourneAustralia

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