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This section is for essays, term papers, thesis, or indeed any analytical work, based upon the books and writings of Terry Pratchett.

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A statistical analysis of the chapters, paragraphs, words and footnotes in the Discworld stories.
Newsgroup Discussions
A separate section containing discussions relating to various Pratchett books and characters
White Knowledge and the Cauldron of Story: The Use of Allusion in Terry Pratchett's Discworld
By Bill Abbott (East Tennessee State University).
This thesis was written as part of his 'Master of Arts in English'.
The Literary Evolution of Terry Pratchett
By David Bapst (Frontier Central High School, of Hamburg, New York).
A paper written for an Advanced Placement Composition course.
Postmodern Parody In The Discworld Novels Of Terry Pratchett
By Christopher Bryant (University of Plymouth).
This dissertation was written as part of his English degree.
Terry Pratchett, the Watch and the Blurring of Genre
By Simon Dannell (University of Lincoln)
A year three disertation
An essay on Only You Can Save Mankind
By Asterios Kechagias
Subverting the Genre
By Andreas Kristiansen
A Hovedfag Thesis.
The Realm of Turtles: Why We Read Novels in the Electronic Age, As Demonstrated By Pratchett's Reaper Man
By Kevin Ma (University of Alberta).
This was written as supporting evidence for his 'novels in the electronic age' thesis.
Terry Pratchett's Discworld
By Kneidinger Marcio (BRG Rohrbach, Austria)
Written for his final exam in English.
"Necessarily Extended Duration To The Red Army! Regrettable Decease Without Undue Suffering To The Forces Of Oppression!"
By Cathryn Mason (a Maine High School).
This paper was written as part of an Asian Studies Class.
English Dialects in Modern British Fiction — “Ach Crivens”: The Language of the Wee Free Men (PDF File)
By Wibke Sawatzki (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz).
This paper was written for an 'Introduction into English Linguistics' course.
Sense Relationships and Semantic Problems in Literary Translation
By Anke Schröder (University of Duisburg)
This paper was written as part of a pro-seminar "words" (linguistics) during 2001/2.
Sourcery Essay
By Vasiliy Slobodov
An AP Placement Essay Type D
The Seven Ages of Discworld
By Juliette Harrisson
Originally published in Issue 82 of the Discworld Monthly (February 2004)
Bewitching Writing
By Dorthe Andersen (Aalborg University)
An investigation of the form and function of intertextuality in the witch-sequence of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels; Equal Rites, Wyrd Sisters, Witches Abroad, Lords and Ladies, Maskerade and Carpe Jugulum.
Which witch is which?
By Lorraine Andersson (University of Halmstad)
A feminist analysis of Terry Pratchett's Discworld witches. Thesis for a Masters of Arts in English, June 2006.
English Dialects in Modern British Fiction
By Wibke Sawatzki (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
"Ach Crivens": The Language of the Wee Free Men

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Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature
Edited by Andrew M. Butler, Edward James, and Farah Mendlesohn.
A collection of essays on Terry Pratchett and his work. Second, expanded edition published July 2004 by Old Earth Books.
Power and Authority in "Guards! Guards!"
This essay looks at 'Guards! Guards' as a political novel in which the age-old questions of the relationship between Power and Authority, and of that between Pragmatism and the Utopian ideal are raised by Leviathan in person.
The Sandman Papers
Edited by Joe Sanders.
This is a primarily a collection of essays about Neil Gaiman, but it contains one entry (by Stacie Hanes and Joe Sanders) called Reinventing the Spiel: Old Stories, New Approaches that compares Gaiman's usage of the Triple Goddess (maiden, mother, crone) with that of Pratchett. The Sandman Papers is available from Fantagraphic Press.

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