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Sandman Papers An Exploration of the Sandman Mythology Paperback – April 26, 2006

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About the Author

Joe Sanders is a professor emeritus of English at Lakeland Community College in Mentor, OH. He is former president of the Science Fiction Research Association and a former division head in the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1 edition (April 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560977485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560977483
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K. A. Laity (kalaity.com) writes in a variety of genres. She's author of WHITE RABBIT, A CUT-THROAT BUSINESS, LUSH SITUATION, OWL STRETCHING, CHASTITY FLAME, THE CLADDAGH ICON, UNQUIET DREAMS, PELZMANTEL and many more stories, essays, plays and humour pieces as well as editor of WEIRD NOIR, NOIR CARNIVAL and DRAG NOIR for Fox Spirit Books. Laity received a 2006 Finlandia Foundation grant and the 2005 Eureka Short Story Fellowship to work on UNIKIRJA (Dreambook), a collection of short stories based on Finnish mythology and the Kalevala (Aino Press 2009). In 2011-2 she was a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Dr. Laity is Associate Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose, where she teaches medieval literature, film, New Media and popular culture, with a particular interest in magic -- see her collection ROOK CHANT or read her History Witch column at Witches & Pagans. She divides her time between NY and Dundee, Scotland. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads or follow her blog.

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An essay collection concerned with Neil Gaiman's much-beloved comic book series "The Sandman" has been long in demand by the series's fans. Gaiman produced an truly astounding work that almost demands critical scrutiny, and this collection will, I think, satisfy the demands of many many readers. It certainly did so for me.

The essays themselves are of superb quality overall. The great majority of them are rigorous enough to satisfy a scholarly intellectual while being readable enough to provide the more casual reader with some wonderful food for thought. But one of the essays stands out as distinctly inferior to the rest of them: the essay titled "Illusory Adversaries". The author sought to examine gender power issues in The Kindly Ones, the 9th volume of "Sandman" that contains the climax of the story. She quotes extensively from a rather obscure radical feminist author and takes said author's statements as facts, which are then used to ground the essay's argument. The main point that the paper seeks to support is that the entire Sandman arc (but especially The Kindly Ones) is supportive of a patriarchal world that denies women any real power.

The argument really doesn't work at all, especially in light of two of Gaiman's most famous and beloved characters: Death and Delirium. Both are distinctly female, and both possess a phenomenal amount of power. Indeed, it is only with the help of his sister Death that Dream is able, in the end, to abdicate his responsibilities and set himself free. The paper's author argues that this is merely a demonstration of female subordination to male desires; Death, she argues, arrives because of her brother's wishes and ends up granting those wishes by killing him.
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Being a collection of essays and papers whose common subject is Neil Gaiman's comic, The Sandman.

It is, in places, a bit dry. The last two essays in particular I found a bit dull (one on Morpheus's robes and one on lesbian language in Death: The High Cost of Living). It is also, in places, quite lively. There were essays I disagreed with, and ones that made me think new thoughts.

If you're a Sandman fan, this should be on your list. If not, it would probably bore you to tears.
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Ordered this book in the "very good" category and when the book came, it was practically new. Very nice copy
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The Sandman is, as people know, one of the best comics ever. This edition is beautiful!
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