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

By Fiona McCulloch

Kid's Literature in Context is a transparent, obtainable and concise advent to kid's literature and its wider contexts. It starts off by means of introducing key concerns concerned with the research of kid's literature and its social, cultural and literary contexts. shut readings of often studied texts together with Lewis Carroll's Alice books, the glorious Wizard of ounces, The Lion, the Witch and the cloth wardrobe, the Harry Potter sequence and the His darkish fabrics trilogy spotlight significant topics and methods of examining kid's literature. A bankruptcy on afterlives and variations explores a variety of 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 matters together with innocence, gender, myth, psychoanalysis and beliefs. 'Review, interpreting and examine' sections supply feedback for extra studying, dialogue and examine. Introducing texts, contexts and feedback, this can be a full of life and updated source for somebody learning kid's literature.

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Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga (2005–), on the other hand, draws on the tradition of Gothic vampire stories, but updated for a teenage readership, continuing in the vein of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Other notable writers include Theresa Breslin, Gillian Cross, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Pow, Keith Gray, Benjamin Zephaniah and Meg Rosoff. There is a continuance of associations between childhood and healing of the family, social groups, and the environment that stems back to Romantic notions of childhood innocence but, on the other hand, there are greater challenges and uncertainties facing the child protagonists that cannot be easily resolved with happy endings.

Instances like the Swing Riots in the 1820s or the famous Massacre at Peterloo in 1819 all led the British Government of the day to be very alert to lower-class radical movements and the threat that they might pose to the British establishment. Arguably, the lower-class child, unlike the cherub-like privileged child, had to be instilled with innocence 39 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN CONTEXT or, if you like, their childhood identity had to be created through discourse. Thus, While Wordsworth was extremely vocal in his support of fairy tales, he was careful to recommend religious tracts for the children of the poor.

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. If ‘learning to read was a difficult task’, then ‘the visual media required no such prolonged training: everyone, immediately could make some response to a picture’ (discussed in Cunningham 2006: 229).

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