Story and fantasy have many functions in our lives, but one of the functions is to mediate between us and naked existence, to nudge us back into a state of astonishment from which we can also easily retreat, as well as providing places to stand, strong places in an overwhelming world. And when, pushed by no matter what sort of force from outside, we fall into the cracks in the structure, we immediately start to compose stories to bridge the crack or fill it in so we can walk out of it safely. Margaret Mahy
Margaret Mahy is one of the great New Zealand writers. Marvellous Codes focuses on Mahys novels for young adults.
Leading local and international scholars explore some of the multifarious themes of Margaret Mahys extraordinary young adult novels. Essays include: Solid All the Way Through: Margaret Mahys Ordinary Witches, Telling Stories of Desire: The Power of Authorship in The Changeover and The Amber Spyglass and Gardening in Eden: Margaret Mahys Postcolonial Ghosts and the New Zealand Landscape.
7 Introduction: Marvellous Codes Elizabeth Hale
21 Solid All the Way Through: Margaret Mahys Ordinary Witches Alison Waller
44 Contagious Knowledge: Margaret Mahy and the Adolescent Novel Anna Smith
62 Ariadne Down Under: Margaret Mahys The Tricksters Claudia Marquis
84 Pirate Parenting in Margaret Mahys Middle-Grade Readers Lorinda B. Cohoon
110 Setting Free: Margaret Mahy and Disability Kathy Saunders
130 Telling Stories of Desire: The Power of Authorship in The Changeover and The Amber Spyglass Lisa Scally
148 True-seeming lyes in Margaret Mahys Fiction Kathryn Walls
168 The Wobble in the Symmetry: The Narrators Role in The Catalogue of the Universe Sam Hester
187 A Fertility and Felicity and Ferocity of Invention: New Zealand Landscapes in Margaret Mahys Young Adult Novels Diane Hebley
210 Gardening in Eden: Margaret Mahys Postcolonial Ghosts and the New Zealand Landscape Ruth P. Feingold
234 Rewriting Mahys The Tricksters: Exploring Sense of Place and Fictional Space Through Adaptation and Imitation Mary Hine (with Rob Pope and Alison Waller)
255 Afterword Sarah Fiona Winters