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Goodly Is Our Heritage : Children's Literature, Empire, and the Certitude of Character - Rashna B. Singh

Goodly Is Our Heritage

Children's Literature, Empire, and the Certitude of Character

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9780810850439
Number Of Pages: 341

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"Patterns of sublimation begin in childhood. So does binary and hierarchical thinking. The child must be trained to see in oppositions and on a scale of order. So the story of nation and people, race and culture begins as the bedtime story." (The author) How else, asks Rashna Singh, do we explain the uncanny physical resemblance between Osama bin Laden and the evil Jaffar (of Disney's motion picture Aladdin)? Singh provides a most persuasive argument for why these sentiments are both insidious and compelling, and how they resonate to this day. While she includes such classic examples as The Secret Garden, Robinson Crusoe, and the Babar series, it is her inclusion of genuinely neglected fictions that lends her analyses a special richness. In an engaging narrative style, Singh demonstrates how constructions of character evolve into cultural imprints which encourage their young readers to choose the "goodly" side, with little thought of "badly" repercussions.

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...examines how, in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and North American children's literature, 'Character...must be consciously promoted, and while character needs careful nurturance, its origins are predetermined by race' (41). This inquiry into the relations between youth, character, race, and empire has been underway for some time--for instance, in the works, cited by Singh, of Michael Rosenthal and Robert H. MacDonald--yet it is still a ripe field for study.--Children's Literature Association Quarterly

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologuep. xi
Introductionp. xxxv
Foundationsp. 1
Fundamentalsp. 67
Touchstonesp. 113
The Blyton Booksp. 199
Across the Atlanticp. 245
Epiloguep. 293
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 331
About the Authorp. 341
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ISBN: 9780810850439
ISBN-10: 0810850435
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 341
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.97  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.52