Good Madness: A Collection of Essays on the Work of Neil Gaiman


Good Madness: A Collection of Essays on the Work of Neil Gaiman


Edited by Alexandra Dunne and Gráinne O’Brien

Year: 2014

Format: Paperback


This interdisciplinary collection is yet another example of the power of Gaiman’s writing and the passion of his fan base, even in the academic world.

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Neil Gaiman is considered one of the most talented and popular authors of his generation. For nearly thirty years, Gaiman has produced novels, short stories, film and television scripts, comic books and graphic novel series. In more recent years, Gaiman has maintained a prolific online presence through his blog, Tumblr and Twitter. As hardcore fans of his work, the editors and authors jumped at the opportunity to produce this collection. This collection includes perspectives from young, up and coming academics at various stages of their careers to established academics actively publishing in their respective fields. Presented in this volume are ten unique perspectives on Neil Gaiman and his works.

Alexandra Dunn and Grainne O’Brien


Coraline: The Uncanny and the Double Mother
Adèle Cook

In the Shadows of Gods: Representations and Treatments of Otherness in the Novels of Neil Gaiman
R. Lyle Skains

The Family and the Fishing Net: Family Values and Dysfunction in Brief Lives
Angus Nurse

Facing the Big Bad Wolf: Empowering Potential in Neil Gaiman’s Fictions
Natalia Glina

‘You Couldn’t Handle Real Life’: Coming of Age and Fantastic Worlds as Training Grounds in Mirrormask, Coraline and The Graveyard Book
Alice Nuttall

The Soul of America: How the Themes of Magic, Modernity and Traditionalism are Represented in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
Emma Anne James

Neil Gaiman’s Wicked Princesses and Kind Deviants: Breathing New Life into Old Fairy-Tale Narratives
Emeline Morin

Isolation and Fear in Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Graveyard Book and Coraline
Shaye Champ-Mino

‘Collect Yourself, Miss Walker’: The Queer Subject(s) at Neil Gaiman’s Cereal Convention
Michael Buso

‘Truly, life is wasted on the living, Nobody Owens. For one of us is too foolish to lie, and it is not I’: The Queerness of Living in Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book
Gráinne O’Brien

Alexandra Dunne graduated from the University of Limerick with a BA in English and History, and from the National University of Ireland, Galway, with an MA in Literature and Publishing. Her graduate thesis focussed on contemporary science fiction publishing in Ireland. Alexandra’s academic interests lie within the field of speculative fiction, its cultural influence, and its interaction with feminist thought. She was part of the review committee for “Magic is Might 2012”.

Grainne O’Brien graduation from the University of Limerick with a BA in English and History and an MA in Gender, Culture and Society. Her research and publications focus on adult themes found in children’s literature. She co-organised “Magic is Might 2012”, and academic conference focussed on the Harry Potter series. She co-edited a collection based on papers presented at the conference that was published in 2013.