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Children S Literature And National Identity

Author : Margaret Meek Spencer
ISBN : 185856204X
Genre : Education
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How do young readers see themselves and "others" in the texts they are encouraged to read? How are their sympathies recruited in tales of wars and conflicts ? Where do their loyalties lie? How do they approach and interpret books in translation? How do writers in other European countries portray adults? How universal are fairy tales? Books for children and young adults are deeply embedded in the culture and language of their origins. Although the multicultural nature of the UK is now more positively reflected in their children's books and the fact that there are many "Englishes" is acknowledged, the Englishness of English books is still strong. The questions of national identity and children's literature are considered by European writers from their own perspectives, to highlight what is often taken for granted about "other" in relation to "ourselves" and vice versa. Gathered here by renowned author Margaret Meek of the Institute of Education, University of London, the contributors include: Anthea Bell, famous translator of Asterix Penni Cotton, who ran EU-funded seminars on the international use of children's literature Robert Dunbar of Dublin, who examines traditional Irish children's literature and identity Carol Fox of early storytelling fame, who has been studying East European children's books about war Judith Graham of Roehampton Institute, looking at picture books Anna Jaszo of Budapest University, writing on international reading Gillian Lathey of Roehampton Institute, promoting European children's literature Francis Marcoin, critical theorist at the University of Artois Emer O'Sullivan, children's literature expert at Goethe University in Frankfurt Carla Poesio, a picture book specialist from Florence Morag Styles, who applies her expertise in children's poetry to the theme of national identity and Janet White of the QCA, who started inquiring into this topic and drew Margaret Meek into it.

Italian Children S Literature And National Identity

Author : Maria Truglio
ISBN : 9781351987554
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book bridges the fields of Children’s Literature and Italian Studies by examining how turn-of-the-century children’s books forged a unified national identity for the new Italian State. Through contextualized close readings of a wide range of texts, Truglio shows how the 19th-century concept of recapitulation, which held that ontogeny (the individual’s development) repeats phylogeny (the evolution of the species), underlies the strategies of this corpus. Italian fairy tales, novels, poems, and short stories imply that the personal development of the child corresponds to and hence naturalizes the modernizing development of the nation. In the context of Italy’s uneven and ambivalent modernization, these narrative trajectories are enabled by a developmental melancholia. Using a psychoanalytic lens, and in dialogue with recent Anglophone Children’s Literature criticism, this study proposes that national identity was constructed via a process of renouncing and incorporating paternal and maternal figures, rendered as compulsory steps into maturity and modernity. With chapters on the heroic figure of Garibaldi, the Orientalized depiction of the South, and the role of girls in formation narratives, this book discloses how melancholic itineraries produced gendered national subjects. This study engages both well-known Italian texts, such as Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio and De Amicis’ Heart, and books that have fallen into obscurity by authors such as Baccini, Treves, Gianelli, and Nuccio. Its approach and corpus shed light on questions being examined by Italianists, Children’s Literature scholars, and social and cultural historians with an interest in national identity formation.

Children S Literature And National Identity

Author : Margaret (Ed) Meek
ISBN : 1858562058
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How do young readers see themselves and others in texts they read? How are their sympathies recruited in tales of wars and conflicts? Where do their loyalties lie? How do they approach and intepret books in translation? How do writers in other European countries portray UK adults? How universal are fairly tales? Books for children and young adults are fairly deeply embedded in the culture and language of their origins. Although the multicultural nature of the UK is now more positively reflected in children's books and the fact that there are many Englishesis acknowledged, the Englishness of books is still strong. The questions of national identity and children's literature are considered by European writers from their own perspectives, so as to highlight what is often taken for granted about 'other' in relation to 'ourselves' and via versa.

Class Leisure And National Identity In British Children S Literature 1918 1950

Author : Hazel Sheeky Bird
ISBN : 9781137407436
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book places children's literature at the forefront of early twentieth-century debates about national identity and class relations that were expressed through the pursuit of leisure. Focusing on stories about hiking, camping and sailing, this book offers a fresh insight into a popular period of modern British cultural and political history.

Text Culture And National Identity In Children S Literature

Author : Jean Webb
ISBN : 9525204065
Genre : Children's literature
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Creating The National Mosaic

Author : Miriam Verena Richter
ISBN : 9789401200509
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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The Canadian Multicultural Mosaic has long been recognized as an OCo if not the OCo outstanding characteristic of the Canadian nation at home and abroad. It has, further, come to be regarded as a model worldwide of a well-functioning culturally diverse society. This first book-length study of Canadian multicultural childrenOCOs literature sets out to explore how literature for the young has contributed to the creation of the countryOCOs multicultural discourse as well as to the construction of its national identity. In this context, childrenOCOs literature possesses particular significance, as juvenile literature by nature serves an educational purpose which extends to forming and informing the next generation of a countryOCOs citizens. In order to achieve a deeper understanding of the complex structures at work, not only the fictional works themselves but also CanadaOCOs policy with regard to childrenOCOs culture and literature have been examined. In order to provide an optimally comprehensive picture, chapters include, among other aspects, information on public library services for immigrant children, on Canadian research collections specializing in childrenOCOs literature, on Canadian publishing for children, and on promotional activities. The works of fiction examined cover the period from 1950 to 1994 OCo thus illustrating the development of the nationOCOs multicultural discourse OCo and include various Canadian regions as well as protagonists belonging to different ethnic groups. While the approach is interdisciplinary, the novels discussed are above all read against the tenets of Canadian multiculturalism as manifested in such core documents as Prime Minister TrudeauOCOs 1971 parliamentary declaration and the 1988 Canadian Multiculturalism Act. The chief objective of the present study is to understand the interdependence between ideology, childrenOCOs literature, and the creation of a national discourse."

Children S Literature And British Identity

Author : Rebecca Knuth
ISBN : 9780810885165
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Children's Literature and British Identity: Imagining a People and a Nation is the story of the development of English children's literature, focusing on how stories inspire children to adhere to the values of society. Such English authors as Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling have entertained, inspired, confronted social wrongs, and transmitted cultural values—functions previously associated with folklore. Their stories form a new folklore tradition that grounds personal identity, provides social glue, and supports a love of England and English values. This book examines how this tradition came to fruition.

Knowing Their Place Identity And Space In Children S Literature

Author : Terri Doughty
ISBN : 9781443836197
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Traditionally in the West, children were expected to “know their place,” but what does this comprise in a contemporary, globalized world? Does it mean to continue to accept subordination to those larger and more powerful? Does it mean to espouse unthinkingly a notion of national identity? Or is it about gaining an awareness of the ways in which identity is derived from a sense of place? Where individuals are situated matters as much if not more than it ever has. In children’s literature, the physical places and psychological spaces inhabited by children and young adults are also key elements in the developing identity formation of characters and, through engagement, of readers too. The contributors to this collection map a broad range of historical and present-day workings of this process: exploring indigeneity and place, tracing the intertwining of place and identity in diasporic literature, analyzing the relationship of the child to the natural world, and studying the role of fantastic spaces in children’s construction of the self. They address fresh topics and texts, ranging from the indigenization of the Gothic by Canadian mixed-blood Anishinabe writer Drew Hayden Taylor to the lesser-known children’s books of George Mackay Brown, to eco-feminist analysis of contemporary verse novels. The essays on more canonical texts, such as Peter Pan and the Harry Potter series, provide new angles from which to revision them. Readers of this collection will gain understanding of the complex interactions of place, space, and identity in children’s literature. Essays in this book will appeal to those interested in Children’s Literature, Aboriginal Studies, Environmentalism and literature, and Fantasy literature.

What Do We Tell The Children Critical Essays On Children S Literature

Author : Ciara Ní Bhroin
ISBN : 9781443838696
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This peer-reviewed collection of critical essays on children’s literature addresses contemporary debates regarding what constitutes “suitable” texts for young audiences. The volume examines what adult writers “tell” their child readers with particular focus on the following areas: the representation of sexuality, gender and the body; the treatment of death and trauma; concepts of race, prejudice and national identity; and the use of children’s literature as a tool for socializing, acculturating, politicizing and educating children. The focus of the collection is on Irish and international fiction addressed at readers from mid-childhood to young adulthood. One section of the book examines what child readers were told in the past while another section examines young readers’ capacity for self-invention through the participatory culture of the twenty-first century. Topics explored include the controversial issue of teenage prostitution and the commodification of the male body in contemporary young adult fiction, the allure of celebrity and the impact of today’s surveillance culture on young people, the representation of the Holocaust for young readers, and representations of Muslim characters and culture in a post-9/11 mediascape. This collection, which offers insights into a range of literary constructions and representations of childhood, will be a valuable resource for students and scholars working in children’s literature, youth culture and childhood studies. Contributors: Jane Suzanne Carroll, Norma Clarke, Shehrazade Emmambokus, Michele Gill, Marnie Hay, Eimear Hegarty, Nora Maguire, Kerry Mallan, Anne Markey, Kimberley Reynolds, Beth Rodgers, Kay Sambell. This is the fifth publication of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (ISSCL). It follows the Society’s publication of Studies in Children’s Literature 1500–2000 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004), Treasure Islands: Studies in Children’s Literature (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006), Divided Worlds: Studies in Children’s Literature (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007) and Young Irelands: Studies in Children’s Literature (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011).

Children S Literature On The Move

Author : Nora Maguire
ISBN : 1846824125
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Traversing a variety of places - real and imagined, past and present, new and as old as time - Children's Literature on the Move traces how children's books have helped both to create national identity and to resist it, empowering readers young and old with the ability to make meaning from physical, political, and emotional upheaval. The book's essays examine the close association that has long existed between children's literature and the construction of national and individual identity in a variety of national and historical contexts. Tracing migrations - both real and metaphorical - between countries, languages, political situations, and stages of life, the book demonstrates how children's literature has both promoted and resisted certain kinds of national identities. It innovatively examines genres and national contexts not often discussed, including Estonian children's songs and Turkish periodicals for children. The book's contributors hone in on the relationship between children's books and national identity in the Irish context across the 20th century, in both English and Irish language publications. It closes with essays that consider the empowering potential of children's books in contemporary contexts. Moving between Ireland and Eastern Europe, discussing authors that range from Shakespeare to Siobhan Dowd, and including cutting edge research on children's books in translation, these essays greatly increase our understanding of how children's literature continues to inform and be informed by notions of nation, translation, and migration. In March 2015 this book was selected unanimously by the awards committee of the Children's Literature Association for the Edited Book Award (Series: Studies in Children's Literature)

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