Peter Pan's Shadows in the Literary Imagination (Book Review)
English & World Languages
In Peter Pan's Shadows in the Literary Imagination, Kirsten Stirling uses these shadows as a metaphor for Peter Pan's influence on literature. Besides examining the shadows cast by J. M. Barrie's iconic creation, Stirling also considers shadows cast upon Peter by events in Barrie's life, the author's previous works, and English pantomime. Chapter 1 explores the textual history of Peter Pan, tracing his origins through the privately printed photograph album The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island (1901), the adult novel The Little White Bird (1902), the play Peter Pan (1904), the novel Peter and Wendy (1911), and the final published version of the play (1928). Because all of the texts provide conflicting origins for Peter, the character remains ambiguous, unpredictable, and complex.
Lion and the Unicorn
Johns Hopkins University Press
White, Donna R. Review of Peter Pan’s Shadows in the Literary Imagination, by Kirsten Stirling. Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 37, no.1, 2013, pp.97-100.