Posted May 4, 2017
Neil Gaiman in the Twenty-First Century: Essays on the Novels, Children's Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works (McFarland 2015), which includes chapters by Brittain Fellows Andrew Eichel and Monica Miller, has been receiving strong reviews in academic journals. Dr. Eichel's "Augustinian Memory and Place" and Dr. Miller's "What Neil Gaiman Teaches Us About Survival: Making Good Art and Diving into the Ocean," both analyses of Gaiman's 2013 novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane, have been singled out as some of the strongest in the collection. In a review for the International Research Society for Children's Literature, for example, Terri Doughty observes that these essays are part of a "productive symposium on the nature and function of memory in the novel's treatment of childhood." Reviews in other journals are similarly favorable about Eichel's and Miller's critiques of Gaiman's work, as part of a growing field of Gaiman studies.