Elizabeth Swados Erika Munk - Essay

Erika Munk

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Once upon a time, Elizabeth Swados wrote a children's book called The Girl with the Incredible Feeling. In 1977—when I was still interested in Swados's work, though beginning to be troubled by it—I bought the book for my daughter Maja, then four. The story was about a girl who had a feeling (drawn as a multicolored blob) which made her sing, dance, "laugh at things others fought over," and have visions…. One day a man came out of the shadows and said the world could use this terrific feeling, so it was dressed up, therapized, explicated, plagiarized. The girl became "more popular," but the feeling grew weak and disappeared. After a while the girl felt empty inside and had horrible dreams. Every thing and...

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