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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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Pond, Julia – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
Adolescent literature often seeks to examine the emotional, psychological, and physical growth of adolescents. Psychologists, sociologists, and childhood studies experts have all claimed the importance of adolescence as a time of identity formation. Erik Erikson provides an apt term for this important phase in an individual's life: moratorium,…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Adolescent Development, Self Concept, Developmental Stages
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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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Ciocia, Stefania – Children's Literature in Education, 2018
The early reception of D.B.C. Pierre's "Vernon God Little" (2003) has been characterized by comparisons with two canonical literary antecedents: J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" (1991/1951) and, at a greater remove, Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1884). The three novels capitalize on the…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Novels, Adolescents, Narration
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Palmer, Amy – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
This article analyses plays written for child performers in the early twentieth century. The plays chosen are classified as "instructional" and aimed at developing pupils' knowledge of the curriculum. The focus is on understanding why these plays were useful for Froebelian educators in the period. Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) was a…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Environmental Education, Drama, European History
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Naydenova, Natalia – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
The article is a comparative analysis of three films focusing on anti-religious and religious propaganda (targeting both Orthodoxy and sectarianism) and featuring children among the main characters: "The Miracle Worker" (1960), "Armageddon" (1962) and "Serafima's Extraordinary Journey" (2015). The three films feature…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Films, Propaganda, Religion
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Glenn, Wendy J. – Children's Literature in Education, 2017
This qualitative literary analysis explores the intersection of place, space, and identity in two novels for young adults to explore how the provision of a new physical place provides space for independence development among female teen protagonists and the implications of this development given the authors' identities as non-US authors writing…
Descriptors: Novels, Adolescent Literature, Females, Self Concept
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Keller, Tina; Franzak, Judith K. – Children's Literature in Education, 2016
Names and experiences in schools are often tied together in a child's identity formation. This is true for all children, but becomes an increasingly important topic as classrooms in the United States are becoming more diverse. In this study, we seek to explore the idea of names as identity in picture books depicting minority children. In doing so,…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Naming, Literary Devices
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Johansen, Martin Blok – Children's Literature in Education, 2015
This article analyses Shaun Tan's picturebook "The Red Tree" using some of the central concepts of existentialism developed by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard argued that being a person entails a coming-to-be ["tilblivelse"], and for the person this coming-to-be manifests itself as a task. The task is to…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Philosophy, Individual Development
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Hardstaff, Sarah – Children's Literature in Education, 2015
This paper considers the issue of child agency in Mildred D. Taylor's 1976 novel "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" using a critical corpus linguistics framework based on Halliday's systemic functional linguistics. The novel has long received praise for its portrayal of child agency in a hostile racist society as well as its depiction of a…
Descriptors: Literary Devices, Childrens Literature, Individual Power, Racial Discrimination
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Roberts, Lewis – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
This article compares the models of subjectivity and identity in William Steig's 1990 picture book "Shrek!" and in DreamWorks' "Shrek" films. Steig presented his ogre hero as a model of the crises of subjectivity all children must face, and then reassured readers by showing how even a hideous figure such as…
Descriptors: Reflection, Picture Books, Childrens Literature, Films
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Lustig, T. J. – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
The article begins by assessing Enid Blyton's contribution to the Arthurian revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, setting this in the context of longstanding debates about the function of children's literature. It goes on to argue that Blyton's use of the story of Enid in "The Knights of the Round…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Literary Genres, Eighteenth Century Literature, Literature Appreciation
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Lushchevska, Oksana – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
Viewing Tolstoy's works from psychological and intellectual perspectives demonstrates his approach to children's literacy and especially the development of reasoning, which he presents in his writing for children and the stories he includes in his "New ABC" book (1875a) and four "Readers" (1875b). This article…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Educational Philosophy, Child Development, Didacticism
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Curtis, James M. – Children's Literature in Education, 2014
The depictions of cruel witches in Roald Dahl's novel "The Witches" echo the cruel, abusive measures taken by adults in the historical treatment of children. The concept of child-hatred, described by Lloyd Demause and other critics, is an effective lens through which to view the hyperbolized hatred of children described in "The…
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Social Bias, Childrens Literature, Novels
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