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“A Constant Transit of Finding”: Fantasy as Realisation in Pan’s Labyrinth

Clark, Roger and McDonald, Keith ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7477-5963 (2010) “A Constant Transit of Finding”: Fantasy as Realisation in Pan’s Labyrinth. Children's Literature in Education, 41 (1). pp. 52-63.

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This article considers Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth as a text which utilises key codes and conventions of children’s literature as a means of encountering the trauma of Fascism. The article begins by placing Pan’s Labyrinth at a contextual crossroads involving fairy tale and a Spanish cinematic tradition and considers the significance of the text as a hybrid creation. It then explores some of the tropes and motifs that are re-imagined within the narrative. There follows an investigation of the film as a testament to the importance of fiction and fantasy when faced with the very real consequences of war, oppression and trauma. Finally, Pan’s Labyrinth is considered alongside a heritage of children’s literature whose motifs, symbols and figures are remarkably available for appropriation, re-invention and renewal.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-010-9099-7
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Films
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/12

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