What Do We Tell the Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature

What Do We Tell the Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature

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This peer-reviewed collection of critical essays on childrena€™s literature addresses contemporary debates regarding what constitutes a€œsuitablea€ texts for young audiences. The volume examines what adult writers a€œtella€ 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 childrena€™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 readersa€™ 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 todaya€™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 childrena€™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 Childrena€™s Literature (ISSCL). It follows the Societya€™s publication of Studies in Childrena€™s Literature 1500a€“2000 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004), Treasure Islands: Studies in Childrena€™s Literature (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006), Divided Worlds: Studies in Childrena€™s Literature (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007) and Young Irelands: Studies in Childrena€™s Literature (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2011).... solely explain the development of negative self-identities; however, when applying Eriksona#39;s ideas to Muslim/a€œMuslima€ children ... in order to recreate/re- appropriate feelings of belonging, felt compelled to reassess their cultural self- identities.

Title:What Do We Tell the Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature
Author:Ciara Ní Bhroin, Patricia Kennon
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2012-03-15


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