Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 189–206 | Cite as

Three Walks Through Fictional Fens: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Gaffer Samson’s Luck

  • Gabrielle Cliff Hodges
  • Maria Nikolajeva
  • Liz Taylor
Original Paper


The paper discusses the children’s novel Gaffer Samson’s Luck (1984), by Jill Paton Walsh, from three different perspectives; those of a cultural geographer, a literary scholar and an English teacher. It is part of a larger research project on children’s perception of their place-related identities through reading and writing. The novel is used as a case study to develop a multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon theories of literature and reading, and a conceptualisation of space in cultural geography. Employing ideas from different disciplines, the paper offers an original interpretation of the text as well as innovative analytical tools for future research and for classroom application.


Children’s literature Reader response Children’s geographies Place-related identity Jill Paton Walsh 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabrielle Cliff Hodges
    • 1
  • Maria Nikolajeva
    • 1
  • Liz Taylor
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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