Children's Literature as Communication

The ChiLPA project

Roger D. Sell | Åbo Akademi University
ISBN 9789027226426 (Eur) | EUR 110.00
ISBN 9781588112583 (USA) | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027297297 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
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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.

[Studies in Narrative, 2] 2002.  xii, 352 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This book can be read on several levels. For a beginner to the field, chapters were written clearly, assumed unfamiliar terms clarified, and practical examples given. For those a bit more knowledgeable in the field, there was content and depth of it for more ideas to be found and for the reader to appreciate and learn from the details. One of the most impressive features of this book was its cohesiveness. The chapters are well linked together, and not just a collection of somewhat related publications. The many obvious and underlying threads are well interwoven from chapter to chapter. And although most chapters were thought provoking and well written, the excellent introduction really sparks curiosity about the following chapters. As children are not often the critics of the books written towards them, adults have taken on this role, and have done a good job in this publication.”
“[...] in-dept studies and much insight into varying aspects of children's literature. [...] the excellent introduction really sparks curiosity about the following chapters.”
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Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2002071239 | Marc record