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Title New world orders in contemporary children's literature : utopian transformations / Clare Bradford [and others]
Published Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 207 pages)
Series Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Critical approaches to children's literature.
Contents A new world order or a new dark age? -- Children's texts, new world orders and transformative possibilities -- Masters, slaves and entrepreneurs: globalised utopias and new world order(ing)s -- The lure of the lost paradise: postcolonial utopias -- Reweaving nature and culture: reading ecocritically -- 'Radiant with possibility': communities and utopianism -- Ties that bind: reconceptualising home and family -- The struggle to be human in a posthuman world -- The future: what are our prospects?
Summary Children's texts are highly responsive to social change and to global politics, and are implicated in shaping the values of children and young people. New World Orders shows how texts for children and young people have responded to the cultural, economic and political movements of the last fifteen years. With a focus on international children's texts produced between 1988 and 2006, the authors discuss how utopian and dystopian tropes are pressed into service to project possible futures to child readers. The book considers what these texts have to say about globalization, neocolonialism, environmental issues, pressures on families and communities, and the idea of the posthuman. This fascinating volume is the first thorough study of how children's books imagine and propose possible worlds and societies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-201) and index
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Subject Children -- Books and reading -- English-speaking countries.
Children's stories, English -- History and criticism.
Utopias in literature.
Utopias in motion pictures.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Bradford, Clare.
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ISBN 0230582583