Author Daniel McInerny gave a talk titled “Children’s Literature and the Golden World” at the first installment of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s Fall 2013 Catholic Literature Series on Tuesday. McInerny, CEO of Trojan Tub Entertainment and author of the “Kingdom of Patria” series, said children’s literature takes place in a different world. “Children’s literature is about adventure into a ‘golden world,’ in which innocence is fought for and achieved,” McInerny said. McInerny said the idea of a “golden world” derives from the biblical idea of a Paradise, and an idealized or fantasy world is featured in many children’s books such as “The Secret Garden,” “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Bridge to Terabithia.” “Children’s literature has an essential connection to a Catholic understanding of moral formation,” he said. “Even if many, if not most of the practitioners aren’t Catholic at all, the very genre is a dream of Eden.” McInerny said the “golden worlds” featured in books are not necessarily perfect images of Eden, for they can be filled with conflict, danger and evil. “I still call them ‘golden worlds’ because it is in those worlds that characters undertake the work of restoring innocence,” he said. McInerny said this idea of innocence is not about sheltering children from evil. “I mean innocence as … the opposite of being sheltered, of adventuring out into the world of death and finding one’s virtuous way through it,” he said. A common objection to the idea of “golden worlds” is that it only applies to “fantasy” literature, in which the narrator takes the reader into a secondary universe, he said. “The ‘golden world’ as I described it is also found in the revolutionary Boston of ‘Johnny Tremain,’ or the Connecticut colony of Elizabeth George Speare’s ‘The Witch of Blackbird Pond,’” he said. “These are historical places, but the adventures that the child protagonists undertake in those stories also can be described as ‘golden worlds.’ It doesn’t have to be a fantasy secondary world.” McInerny said the genre of children’s literature as it is known today did not emerge until the 19th century, and it flourished as a result of Romanticism and its reverence towards childhood. “This treasuring of childhood gave an increasingly secular culture a way of connecting to purity and innocence, to wonder and to other worlds,” McInerny said. “It encouraged it to favor the imagination, as opposed to reason and scientific mode. “I would argue that the Romantic sense of childhood, and the children’s literature that flowed from it, was one way of trying to re-create the ‘golden world’ of the terrestrial paradise.” Though children’s literature is largely secular in inspiration, McInerny said, its deepest inclinations of yearning for a terrestrial paradise can be uniquely appreciated by the Catholic literary mind. “The Catholic can deeply appreciate much of what good children’s literature is trying to do, even while it resists making idols out of childhood innocence and the child’s imagination.” Junior Frances Kelsey said she has been following the Center for Ethics and Culture’s Catholic Literature Series since her freshman year and came to McInerny’s talk becuase of her previous positive experiences. “I thought it was really interesting [McInerny’s idea] that a ‘golden world’ could be found in books that are not strictly fantasy,” she said. The Catholic Literature Series continues with Professor John O’Callaghan’s lecture titled “Harry Potter and King’s Cross,” on Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. in 155 DeBartolo Hall.
Muncy did say he and hitting coach Turner Ward have studied video, looking for a flaw in Muncy’s swing that would explain the freefall. They found nothing, Muncy said.“There’s nothing that’s any different,” Muncy said. “Just a couple days of not getting any hits led to me pressing and swinging at pitches I normally wouldn’t swing at.“It’s definitely more mental than physical, for sure.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has seen the same thing.“I think there’s a little bit of pressing going on. He wants to perform and is just trying a little too hard,” said Roberts, who dropped Muncy to eighth in the lineup Wednesday.“For me – and I’ve said it from the beginning – this guy usually stays in the strike zone. So it’s not about the league adjusting to him. It’s about when the ball is in the strike zone, you’ve got to swing at it and when it’s not, take it. There’s a little bit more swing and miss through the fastball. But Max will get through this.”CROWDED ROTATIONLeft-hander Alex Wood threw three simulated innings to hitters Wednesday afternoon and had “no signs of the leg issue” involving an adductor muscle on his left side that led to him going on the DL, according to Roberts.Wood will probably throw a bullpen session in two days and, at that point, the Dodgers will decide when he will return to the starting rotation. Wood is eligible to pitch again on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Roberts indicated left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu could be ready to return to the majors after just two rehab starts. Ryu has been on the DL since May 2 with a groin muscle tear. In rehab starts with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City he allowed one run in nine innings.Ryu will be ready to pitch again in five days – either for the Dodgers or in another minor-league rehab start.“The next step for him – we haven’t decided that yet,” Roberts said.Ross Stripling will come off the DL to start in Colorado on Thursday. Add in Wood and Ryu next week and the Dodgers could potentially have seven starting pitchers to choose from.During their stretch of 17 games in 17 days after the All-Star break, the Dodgers briefly went with a six-man rotation. That would “probably not” happen this time, Roberts said, because of a more favorable schedule with three off days in a 12-day stretch coming up.“Some tough decisions coming,” Roberts said.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Ross Stripling, 8-3, 2.68 ERA) at Rockies (LHP Tyler Anderson, 6-4, 4.05 ERA), Thursday, 5:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies When he struck out in his first at-bat Wednesday, Muncy had just four hits in a stretch of 46 plate appearances, more than half of them (24) strikeouts including each of his past eight at-bats. He finally snapped the strikeout streak with a single in the fifth inning.But after hitting a home run every 9.9 at-bats in his first 72 games this year, Muncy has just two in his last 65 at-bats.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“It’s just baseball,” Muncy said. “A couple days not getting a hit leads to you start to press a little bit. You kind of get out of your zone. Then it’s one of those things where it can snowball on you. … one of those things where it’s hard to get out of it, get out of your own head.”Muncy wrote his own prescription for that, taking Monday’s off day as a mental break.“A full day off from baseball, didn’t look at any film, didn’t really do anything baseball-related, just took a full day and relaxed,” Muncy said. “Showed up (in Oakland) and try to act like nothing happened before. Just go out there today and act like it was two months ago.” OAKLAND — It seemed almost too good to be true. Maybe it was.In early July, Max Muncy had a higher OPS than Mike Trout and Mookie Betts and stood shoulder to shoulder with Nolan Arenado and Bryce Harper among the National League home run leaders.It was heady stuff for a player discarded by the Oakland A’s a year ago who started this season as a non-descript, non-roster invitee to the Dodgers’ spring training camp and made for a fairy-tale narrative when Muncy participated in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star festivities.It was also not sustainable. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error