African Images in Juvenile Literature: Commentaries on Neocolonialist Fiction

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McFarland, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 154 pages
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Too often, juvenile literature depicts Africans as violent, irresponsible and incapable of self-determination. Unfortunately, librarians perpetuate this myth because they are unaware of the message in many works. This work pinpoints the stereotypes and historical distortions and assumptions in books that have generally received uncritical praise. It further examines the professional network that brings these neocolonialist works into the canon, showering them with honors and thereby promoting their wide circulation in the English-speaking world. Also provided is an alternative viewpoint that is culturally pluralistic and allows an interdisciplinary method of inquiry.

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Maddy is a performing artist, teacher, and writer.

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