The rhetoric of character in children's literature
Through a variety of critical perspectives, Nikolajeva ponders the art of characterization, uncovering the essential differences between story (what we are told) and discourse (how we are told), and carefully distinguishing between how these are employed in children's fiction and in general fiction.
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From Hero to Character
In Search of the Protagonist
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