<em>Gregor the Overlander</em> and <em>A Wrinkle in Time</em>: Father Lost, Father Found

  • Chantel Lavoie
Keywords: Collins, Suzanne, L’Engle, Madeleine, science, father figures, religion, trauma


This paper argues that Suzanne Collins’s book Gregor the Overlander rewrites Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, including the significant character of the father who has been missing from his child’s life for two years for the sake of science. The effect of this rewriting is in effect a secularizing and updating of L’Engle’s classic for children. Because L’Engle’s book is a Christian text whereas Collins’s is not, the former is more interested in myth, the latter in history, and both in considering warfare (as each father character is a prisoner of war) and in writing about science itself.

Author Biography

Chantel Lavoie

Chantel Lavoie lives in Kingston, Ontario, where she teaches in the Department of English at the Royal Military College of Canada. Her book Collecting Women: Poetry and Lives 1700–1780 was published by Bucknell UP in 2009, and she has published elsewhere on Gregor the Overlander and its sequels, the Harry Potter books, and eighteenth-century children’s literature. Another paper on Madeleine L’Engle is forthcoming in 2017 in a collection that commemorates the ten-year anniversary of L’Engle’s death. She is now working on a larger project examining how boy characters are written in literature by women writers.

How to Cite
Lavoie, C. (2016). <em>Gregor the Overlander</em> and <em>A Wrinkle in Time</em&gt;: Father Lost, Father Found. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 7(2). Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/250