Pagan Themes in Modern Children's Fiction: Green Man, Shamanism, Earth Mysteries - Peter Bramwell Overly burdened with theory and showing evidence of having begun life as a dissertation. If I weren't a stolid reader of literary criticism I'd have grown impatient with the author's continual reiteration of themes and the tiresome summaries -- at the beginnings and ends of chapters and often in the middles as well -- of what he was about to say or had said. However, a useful guide to the subject and avoids the more obvious pitfalls.