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My Mother's Voice : Children, Pb - Adrienne Kertzer

My Mother's Voice

Children, Pb

Paperback Published: 11th December 2001
ISBN: 9781551113401
Number Of Pages: 384

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"This profound and thought-provoking book should be read by everyone who is interested in children's literature, the history of childhood, the education of children, or representations of the Holocaust." - Elizabeth Lennox Keyser, Hollins University

"Adrienne Kertzer's My Mother's Voice is, as its title suggests, a book inspired and informed by personal experience, but the questions it raises have never been more vital for all of us: how do we represent to children an evil that defies our powers of imagination, let alone our comprehension? How do we convey, in addition to historical facts, the enormity and inexorability of the crime while continuing to encourage hope and a sense that individual choice can make a difference? Kertzer provides no easy or definitive answers to such questions; rather, through detailed analysis of a wide range of texts, from The Diary of Anne Frank to Daniel's Story (commissioned by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) to Stephen King's Apt Pupil, she convincingly demonstrates just how difficult the questions are and how simplistic, disingenuous, tortuous, or counterproductive many of our efforts to enlighten and inspire the young have been. For scholars and theorists of children's literature, her book is especially fascinating, for, in dealing with the subject of Holocaust representation, Kertzer reintroduces questions that have long challenged us: does children's literature constitute a distinct genre and, if so, what are its distinguishing characteristics? How does literature for adults, especially literature that features a child's voice or perspective, differ from that written expressly for children? This profound and thought-provoking book should be read by everyone who is interested in children's literature, the history of childhood, the education of children, or representations of the Holocaust (or, for that matter, of any evil that leaves us at a loss for words)." -- Elizabeth Lennox Keyser, Professor of English, Hollins University, and Editor, Children's Literature "Adrienne Kertzer's My Mother's Voice is, as its title suggests, a book inspired and informed by personal experience, but the questions it raises have never been more vital for all of us: how do we represent to children an evil that defies our powers of imagination, let alone our comprehension? How do we convey, in addition to historical facts, the enormity and inexorability of the crime while continuing to encourage hope and a sense that individual choice can make a difference? Kertzer provides no easy or definitive answers to such questions; rather, through detailed analysis of a wide range of texts, from The Diary of Anne Frank to Daniel's Story (commissioned by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) to Stephen King's Apt Pupil, she convincingly demonstrates just how difficult the questions are and how simplistic, disingenuous, tortuous, or counterproductive many of our efforts to enlighten and inspire the young have been. For scholars and theorists of children's literature, her book is especially fascinating, for, in dealing with the subject of Holocaust representation, Kertzer reintroduces questions that have long challenged us: does children's literature constitute a distinct genre and, if so, what are its distinguishing characteristics? How does literature for adults, especially literature that features a child's voice or perspective, differ from that written expressly for children? This profound and thought-provoking book should be read by everyone who is interested in children's literature, the history of childhood, the education of children, or representations of the Holocaust (or, for that matter, of any evil that leaves us at a loss for words)." -- Elizabeth Lennox Keyser, Professor of English, Hollins University, and Editor, Children's Literature

List of Illustrationsp. 9
Prefacep. 11
Maternal Voicesp. 19
My Mother's Voice: Telling Children About the Holocaustp. 21
"Do You Know What 'Auschwitz' Means?"p. 47
A Daughter's Endless Mourning: Maternal Representation in Isabella Leitner's Memoirsp. 77
The Voices of Childrenp. 107
Reading Anne Frank Today: Lessons, Innocence, and the Voices of Childrenp. 109
A Multitude of Voices: The Production of Daniel's Storyp. 143
The Child in the Picturep. 195
Like a Fable, Not a Pretty Picture: Holocaust Representation in Roberto Benigni and Anita Lobelp. 197
Saving the Picture: Holocaust Photographs in Children's Booksp. 231
History and Pedagogyp. 275
Looking in the Body Carriage: Representation, Gender, and Choicep. 277
Future Tense: The Anxious Pedagogy of Young Adult Fictionp. 319
My Mother's Voice: June 1963p. 363
Works Citedp. 367
Indexp. 379
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781551113401
ISBN-10: 1551113406
Series: BROADVIEW ENGLISH STUDIES SERIES
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 11th December 2001
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 13.97  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.45