With one’s eyes shut

Vivian Gussin Paley brings our attention to a quote of Virginia Woolf’s (below). In this quote, Gussin Paley writes, Woolf “is concerned with writers and their readers, but if we substitute ‘children’ and ‘playmates’ for writers and readers, we can easily adapt her words from a 1924 essay called ‘Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown.'” (p.24)

In this essay, Virginia Woolf stated: “The writer must get in touch with his reader by putting before him something he recognizes, which therefore stimulates his imagination and makes him willing to cooperate in the far more difficult business of intimacy. And it is of the highest importance that this common meeting place should be reached easily, almost instinctively, in the dark, with one’s eyes shut.” (p.24)

Ref: (italics in original) Vivian Gussin Paley (2010) The boy on the beach: building community through play. The University of Chicago Press: Chicago and London

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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