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Blowing the Morte: The Rites of Manhood in William Rayner's Stag Boy

@inproceedings{Eecke2019BlowingTM,
  title={Blowing the Morte: The Rites of Manhood in William Rayner's Stag Boy},
  author={Christophe van Eecke},
  year={2019}
}
William Rayner’s young adult novel Stag Boy (1972) is often discussed in surveys of children’s literature as a classic title, but it has received little probing critical attention. This article argues that the novel uses its narrative of a boy’s psychic association with a giant stag as an allegory for the transition from boyhood into manhood. In a detailed close reading of the novel, and following the model of the love chase of medieval romance, it is shown how the author borrows key elements… Expand

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