Children's Literature as Communication: The ChiLPA Project

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Roger D. Sell
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 352 pages
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In this book, members of the ChiLPA Project explore the children's literature of several different cultures, ranging from ancient India, nineteenth century Russia, and the Soviet Union, to twentieth century Britain, America, Australia, Sweden, and Finland. The research covers not only the form and content of books for children, but also their potential social functions, especially within education. These two perspectives are brought together within a theory of children's literature as one among other forms of communication, an approach that sees the role of literary scholars, critics and teachers as one of mediation. Part I deals with the way children's writers and picturebook-makers draw on a culture's available resources of orality, literacy, intertextuality, and image. Part II examines their negotiation of major issues such as the child adult distinction, gender, politics, and the Holocaust. Part III discusses children's books as used within language education programmes, with particular attention to young readers' pragmatic processing of differences between the context of writing and their own context of reading.

  

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Contents

The wise artistry of The Pancatantra
29
Playful magic in Pushkins Tale
39
Subtexts in Jukka Parkkinens Suvi Kinos novels
55
The connotations of proper names
71
The picturebook as a medium
85
The dilemma of childrens literature
111
A narrative chronotope
137
Childpower? Adventures into the animal kingdom
159
Gubarevs Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors
201
Childrens fiction and the Holocaust
213
The narrative mode and meaningmaking
237
Childrens novels and participatory pedagogy
263
Planning a multicultural fiction project
291
Melina Marchettas Looking for Alibrandi
315
The Fabula Project
333
Index
345

Ulf Starks conservative rebellion
177

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