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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.

Text Culture And National Identity In Children S Literature

Author : Jean Webb
ISBN : 9525204065
Genre : Children's literature
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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.

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.

The Nation S Child

Author : Xu Xu
ISBN : OCLC:864755687
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Who Are We

Author : Samuel P. Huntington
ISBN : 0684870533
Genre : Political Science
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Analyzes the gradual erosion of American identity over the recent decades because of bilingualism, multiculturalism, and other factors and explores signs of a revival of American identity in the wake of September 11th.

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."

Adopting America

Author : Carol J. Singley
ISBN : 0199778884
Genre : Literary Criticism
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American literature abounds with orphans who experience adoption or placements that resemble adoption. These stories do more than recount adventures of children living away from home. They tell an American story of family and national identity. In narratives from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century, adoption functions as narrative event and trope that describes the American migratory experience, the impact of Calvinist faith, and the growth of democratic individualism. The roots of literary adoption appear in the discourse of Puritan settlers, who ambivalently took leave of their birth parent country and portrayed themselves as abandoned children. Believing they were chosen children of God, they also prayed for spiritual adoption and emulated God's grace by extending adoption to others. Nineteenth-century adoption literature develops from this notion of adoption as salvation and from simultaneous attachments to the Old World and the New. In domestic fiction of the mid-nineteenth century, adoption also reflects a focus on nurture in childrearing, increased mobility in the nation, and middle-class concerns over immigration and urbanization, assuaged when the orphan finds a proper, loving home. Adoption signals fresh starts and the opportunity for success without genealogical constraints, especially for white males, but inflected by gender and racial biases, it often entails dependency for girls and children of color. A complex signifier of difference, adoption gives voice to sometimes contradictory calls to origins and fresh beginning; to feelings of worthiness and unworthiness. In writings from Cotton Mather to Edith Wharton, it both replicates and offers an alternative to the genealogical norm, evoking ambivalence as it shapes national mythologies.

Understanding National Identity

Author : David McCrone
ISBN : 9781107100381
Genre : Political Science
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Investigates the concept of 'national identity' based on twenty years of empirical evidence.

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