This is what has me disconcerted after only having finished the trilogy perhaps an hour before:... I can find scant scholarly research on all three books, and what I can find seems to deal abstractly with the subordination of adults by children and Dust as a metaphor, etc. Which it is! Here is a link to the abstract. Its title (A Blake reference) makes me happy. Of course you can't get much further unless you subscribe to the site, but nevertheless. Interesting topic, I'll grant you. Though I'd consider the books to deal with an incredible amount of deep and complexing human issues. Why isn't there scholarship? Why isn't the academic world absolutely frenetic with the questions that Pullman is raising in the mouths of Will and Lyra?But I suppose that I am also all abuzz with the thoughts of writing a Master's Thesis and vindicating all of their voices in the only way that I can.Is it only me (and I am sure we few here) who not only sees a link between Romantics like Blake, Keats and Shelley, Milton before them (obvs, I know) but also ties to the world of the Beats and the fantasy writers? Take theoreticians like Focault, Althusser, Kant, and Saussure? I mean, the concious reading of Dust as signs is a practice of Semiotics.I think that all of them are dealing with the essential parts of human identity. Instead of being told by authority how to view and see the world with these newborn, sublime eyes. Like conciousness dwells in semi-conciousness before it awakes when it meets itself through contact with another human being, with the stars or with the firm feeling of earthy solidity beneath someone. I don't know. These are all whirling, devilish ideas that I have fallen in love with thinking and I have to make sense of them soon. Hopefully you have, at least in some part. :)Nevertheless, I completely enjoyed the trilogy.
somehow I missed this entry; I just saw it today.Have you read Pullman's own words about the trilogy?http://www.philip-pullman.com/Wikipedia also has some interesting links related to Pullman and his subjects.