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Author Singh, Rashna B.

Title Goodly is our heritage : children's literature, empire, and the certitude of character / Rashna B. Singh
Published Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow, 2004


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Description xliii, 341 pages ; 22 cm
Contents 1. Foundations -- 2. Fundamentals -- 3. Touchstones -- 4. The Blyton books -- 5. Across the Atlantic
Summary "Colonialism, simply stated, is the exploitation of a weaker country by a stronger one. Although it tends to come about through force, its perpetuation is highly reliant on its ability to sustain a belief system consistent with an imperialist agenda. From the bedtime story to the movie screen, children's literature has proven a durable and enduring vehicle for such beliefs."
"Singh takes her title from Rudyard Kipling's famous poem "A Song of the English," a work of unabashed moral and imperial patriotism. She provides a most persuasive argument for why these sentiments are both insidious and compelling and how they resonate to this day. Although she includes such classic examples at The Secret Garden, Robinson Crusoe, and the Babar series, her analysis of genuinely neglected fiction lends a special richness. Singh demonstrates how constructions of character evolve into cultural imprints that encourage their young readers to choose the "goodly" side ... with little thought of "badly" repercussions."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-329) and index
Subject English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Imperialism in literature.
Children -- Books and reading -- English-speaking countries.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Children's literature, American -- History and criticism.
Children's literature, English -- History and criticism.
National characteristics in literature.
Minorities in literature.
Colonies in literature.
Racism in literature.
English-speaking countries -- Intellectual life.
LC no. 2004006282
ISBN 0810850435 paperback