Children's Literature in Context (Texts & Contexts) by Fiona McCulloch PDF

By Fiona McCulloch

ISBN-10: 1441148183

ISBN-13: 9781441148186

Kid's Literature in Context is a transparent, available and concise creation to kid's literature and its wider contexts. It starts off by way of introducing key matters eager about the examine of kid's literature and its social, cultural and literary contexts. shut readings of more often than not studied texts together with Lewis Carroll's Alice books, the fantastic Wizard of ounces, The Lion, the Witch and the dresser, the Harry Potter sequence and the His darkish fabrics trilogy spotlight significant issues and methods of studying kid's literature. A bankruptcy on afterlives and variations explores quite a number wider cultural texts together with the movie diversifications of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass. the ultimate part introduces key severe interpretations from various views on concerns together with innocence, gender, delusion, psychoanalysis and beliefs. 'Review, studying and learn' sections supply feedback for extra examining, dialogue and learn. Introducing texts, contexts and feedback, it is a full of life and up to date source for someone learning kid's literature.

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Cunningham 2006: 126) Children’s books, then, become an immensely powerful ideological tool in the surveillance and guidance of children and their parents in teaching children to be compliant, obedient and subservient. On the other hand, such tales offered children heroes and heroines that they could identify with and a literature which was separate from adult novels and directed specifically at their entertainment. As well as the continued seventeenth century split between Puritanism and chapbooks, there was the developing secular split of social class, as wealthy children were being steered away from the feared polluting influence of chapbooks.

The rise in media consumption has generated a vast array of spin-off toys and other merchandise as the child has become increasingly the focus of marketing campaigns, such as the use of packaging and gifts in cereal packs. In 1971, eight out of ten children aged 7 to 8 could go to school alone; by 1991, this had decreased to less than one in ten. In 1982, Neil Postman’s The Disappearance of Childhood regarded the dominance of new media and visual culture over printed books as a sign that children were becoming levelled with adults, insofar as they can give an instant response rather than have to learn words.

With such stringent influences driving the creative output, does this mean that we are in the heyday of children’s literature in its coming of age or, rather, is there a flood of what Peter Hunt refers to as ‘neo-conservative’ (Maybin and Watson 2009: 81) productions that all offer pretty much the same outlook. By that he means a potential return to the didactic moralizing of books reflecting and supporting the dominant social ideologies of contemporary society. This return to a reactionary era of ideologically manipulated didactic texts driven by profit-orientated publishers intent on playing it safe is certainly a phenomenon that troubles Hunt (Maybin and Watson 2009: 81–2).

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