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Author Nikolajeva, Maria.

Title Power, voice and subjectivity in literature for young readers / Maria Nikolajeva
Published New York : Routledge, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 217 pages)
Series Children's literature and culture
Children's literature and culture.
Contents Introduction: Why does Pippi sleep with her feet on the pillow? -- Harry Potter and the secrets of children's literature -- Othering the sense: language and (mis)communication -- Othering the genre: fantasy and realism -- Othering the child: George MacDonald's fairy tales -- Othering the future: stereotypes of dystopia -- Othering the setting: orientalism and Robinsonade -- Othering gender: new masculinities, new femininities -- Othering the voice: crossvocalization and performance -- Othering ideology: literature in society's service -- Othering the species: the (ab)use of animals -- Othering the visual: power structures in picturebooks -- Othering the reader: identification fallacy -- Conclusion: The adult's self-denial
Summary Looking at key works from the eighteenth century to the present, Nikolajeva explores topics such as genre, gender, crossvocalization, species, and picturebook images in order to demonstrate how a balance is maintained between the two opposite inherent goals of children's literature: to empower and to educate the child
Notes Title from PDF title page (viewed Oct. 5, 2009)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Children's literature -- History and criticism.
Children's literature -- Psychological aspects.
Other (Philosophy) in literature.
Power (Philosophy) in literature.
Subjectivity in literature.
Voice in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203866924 (electronic bk.)
9781135238230
9780203866924 (electronic bk.)
9780415802154