Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children’s Literature

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Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Apr 26, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
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Children’s books seek to assist children to understand themselves and their world. Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children’s Literature demonstrates how settler-society texts position child readers as citizens of postcolonial nations, how they represent the colonial past to modern readers, what they propose about race relations, and how they conceptualize systems of power and government.

Clare Bradford focuses on texts produced since 1980 in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand and includes picture books, novels, and films by Indigenous and non-Indigenous publishers and producers. From extensive readings, the author focuses on key works to produce a thorough analysis rather than a survey. Unsettling Narratives opens up an area of scholarship and discussion—the use of postcolonial theories—relatively new to the field of children’s literature and demonstrates that many texts recycle the colonial discourses naturalized within mainstream cultures.

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Contents

Resistance and Representation
17
Place and Postcolonial Significations
121
Conclusion
225
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Clare Bradford is a professor of literary studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, where she teaches and researches mainly children’s literature. Her 2001 book, Reading Race: Aboriginality in Australian Children’s Literature, won both the Children’s Literature Association Book Award and the IRSCL Award of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature. Clare Bradford’s publications have appeared in Canadian Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, Papers, and The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.

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