Friday, May 27, 2011

Helping Matt Harrison

My purpose is to search the MLA International Database to find new literary approaches Matt can take to Ender's Game, especially in the context of his interest in visual/other media interpretations of the work.

MLA International Bibliography offers a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), the electronic version of the contains dates back to the 1920s and contains over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series, and 1,000 book publishers.

I searched the MLA database for phrases such as "Ender's Game online," "Ender's Game illustration," and finally just "Ender's Game." After looking through a couple of interesting results I found one that focused on the different characters Ender and Bean in the novel.

Doyle, Christine. "Orson Scott Card's Ender and Bean: The Exceptional Child as Hero." Children's Literature in Education: An International Quarterly 35.4 (2004): 301-318.

The article focuses on how Card's concept of the gifted child changes over the course of fourteen years that elapsed between writing the first novel and writing Ender's Shadow. It also discusses what specific aspects of "giftedness" are important to Card in his novels.

I thought that it would be interesting to research how different points of view are represented in such formats as the comic book. and other visual text. Ender and Bean are very different characters, but as this article points out, their gifts are very similar, making them each valuable soldiers in the Enderverse. I think it would be fascinating to research how different points of view are developed through illustration, especially when the plot of the two books Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow are so similar that the plot development in illustration would be almost identical.

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