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Palo, Annbritt; Manderstedt, Lena – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
This article presents an analysis of a recent, award-winning Swedish novel for children and young adults, "The Murderer's Ape" by Jakob Wegelius, and digitally published reviews of the novel. In the first part of the paper, we provide an intersectional analysis of the novel, focusing on gender, profession, species and class. The…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature, Novels, Animals
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Park, Mee Ryoung – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
This paper examines the domestication of children literature through the comparative study of two translations of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Vladimir Nabokov and Boris Zakhoder. "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" has a reputation for being difficult to translate into foreign languages due to its strong linguistic…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Translation, Childrens Literature, Fiction
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Giovanelli, Marcello – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book" (2009) charts the story of Nobody Owens, a boy who is adopted by supernatural entities in the local graveyard after his family is murdered. This article draws on the notion of the "construed reader," and combines two cognitive stylistic frameworks to analyse the opening section of the novel.…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Adoption, Family Environment, Literary Devices
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Bell, Katherine – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
Novels from the "Dear Canada" series of historic fiction, published by Scholastic Canada, currently populate the shelves of school classrooms and libraries across Canada. This study explores two "Dear Canada" novels that chronicle significant moments in Atlantic Canadian history: Janet McNaughton's novel (Flame and ashes: The…
Descriptors: Females, Fiction, Childrens Literature, History
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Smith, Michelle J.; Moruzi, Kristine – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
In the twenty-first century, the Gothic has experienced a cultural resurgence in literature, film, and television for young adult audiences. Young adult readers, poised between childhood and adulthood, have proven especially receptive to the Gothic's themes of liminality, monstrosity, transgression, romance, and sexuality (James, 2009, p. 116). As…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Adolescents, Literary Genres, Females
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Aitchison, David – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
This article discusses contemporary American school stories that appear to advocate learning and literacy as a democratic good, but actually undermine democratic possibilities by teaching young readers to think of academic inquiry as a means to selfish, petty ends. Since "learning" and "literacy" are catchwords for educators…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Fiction, Childrens Literature, Neoliberalism
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Ash, Gwynne Ellen; Saunders, Jane M. – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
This essay considers 12 books of contemporary young adult fiction, published in the United States between 2000 and 2016, with plots directly related to rampage school shootings. It compares the shooters' psychological types, ages, races, genders, roles, motives and the narrative points of view in the books with dominant cultural scripts for…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Fiction, Weapons, Violence
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van Rij, Vivien – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
The young adult novels of multi award-winning New Zealand writer, Jack Lasenby, are strongly influenced by his careers as a primary school teacher and deer-culler, and love of story. In his first novel, "The Lake," Lasenby depicts Ruth, the protagonist, as a learner who seeks knowledge in much the same way that he, the author-teacher,…
Descriptors: Authors, Adolescent Literature, Progressive Education, Experiential Learning
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Purcell, Joanne Marie – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
Picture books, as both sophisticated aesthetic objects and literary texts, provide the ideal site for critically examining how values and ideology are transmitted to children. How the child reader might be affected by the process of reading a picture book--that is, how he or she might be moved emotionally and potentially gain new insights about…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Children, Figurative Language, Childrens Literature
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Cantavella, Anna Juan – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
This article examines the use of maps in the works of Czech author-illustrator Peter Sís in order to consider the role that cartography plays in the construction of four of his biographical picturebooks: Follow the Dream: "The Story of Christopher Columbus" (2003/1991), "Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei" (1996), "The Tree…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Maps, Cartography, Picture Books
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Doherty, Peter – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
This article considers the extent to which medieval "mappaemundi" are an important precedent for literary cartographies in fiction for children. It connects the notion of embeddedness to Peta Mitchell's (2011) suggestion that "mappaemundi" refused to entertain the later, post-Enlightenment cartographic distinction between…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Maps, Cartography, Medieval Literature
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Tyler Sasser, M. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Historical fiction has long been a staple in the social studies, history, and English curricula of primary and secondary education. Such commercial and critical successes might be linked to the genre's unique ability to blend educational, didactic, historical, and aesthetic concerns in children's literature, aspects that are heightened…
Descriptors: History, Fiction, Classics (Literature), Childrens Literature
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Butler, Rebecca R. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
How do schoolchildren respond when they encounter a wheelchair user in a fictional text? This article describes a doctoral project where groups of children were presented with excerpts from books by Hilary McKay and Jacqueline Wilson in which wheelchair users play a significant role. The pupils were asked to discuss issues arising from these…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Motor Development, Fiction, Doctoral Dissertations
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Parlevliet, Sanne – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
History has been in the centre of political interest over the last two decades; claimed as a vehicle to strengthen social cohesion, especially among future citizens. At the same time an acknowledgement of episodes such as slavery and colonialism are asked for. This article investigates the tension that results with those two appeals to history in…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, History, Fiction, Case Studies
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Smith, Angela – Children's Literature in Education, 2015
The importance of stories written for young readers is undisputed, and in particular the central place of the fairy story in popular culture is clearly recognized. Whilst most of these stories are centuries old, they have been adapted by the cultures of the tellers to be more compatible with the ideological views of the audience. This article will…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Fiction, Feminism, Fairy Tales
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