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Telling Children's Stories : Narrative Theory and Children's Literature - Michael Cadden

Telling Children's Stories

Narrative Theory and Children's Literature

By: Michael Cadden (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2011
ISBN: 9780803215689
Number Of Pages: 344

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The most accessible approach yet to children's literature and narrative theory, "Telling Children's Stories" is a comprehensive collection of never-before-published essays by an international slate of scholars that offers a broad yet in-depth assessment of narrative strategies unique to children's literature. The volume is divided into four interrelated sections: "Genre Templates and Transformations," "Approaches to the Picture Book," "Narrators and Implied Readers," and "Narrative Time." Mike Cadden's introduction considers the links between the various essays and topics, as well as their connections with such issues as metafiction, narrative ethics, focalization, and plotting. Ranging in focus from picture books to novels such as "To Kill a Mockingbird," from detective fiction for children to historical tales, from new works such as the Lemony Snicket series to classics like "Tom's Midnight Garden," these essays explore notions of montage and metaphor, perspective and subjectivity, identification and time. Together, they comprise a resource that will interest and instruct scholars of narrative theory and children's literature, and that will become critically important to the understanding and development of both fields.

Industry Reviews

"This book sounds a call for all literary scholars to embrace children's literature."-D.J. Brothers, CHOICE -- D.J. Brothers * CHOICE *
"Child literature scholars as well as students interested in narrative theory will no doubt repeatedly consult the in-depth analyses as well as the strong theoretical chapters in this valuable volume."-Yasmine Motawy, International Research Society for Children's Literature -- Yasmine Motawy * International Research Society for Children's Literature *
"[Telling Children's Stories] is a welcome and accomplished contribution to children's literature studies, and I am confident that I will return often to many of these fine essays."-Richard Flynn, Children's Literature Association Quarterly -- Richard Flynn * Children's Literature Association Quarterly *

Introductionp. vii
Genre Templates and Transformations
Telling Old Tales Newly: Intertextuality in Young Adult Fiction for Girlsp. 3
Familiarity Breeds a Following: Transcending the Formulaic in the Snicket Seriesp. 22
The Power of Secrets: Backwards Construction and the Children's Detective Storyp. 44
Approaches to the Picture Book
Focalization in Children's Picture Books: Who Sees in Words and Pictures?p. 65
No Consonance, No Consolation: John Burningham's: Time to Get Out of the Bath, Shirleyp. 86
Telling the Story, Breaking the Boundaries: Metafiction and the Enhancement of Children's Literary Development in The Bravest Ever Bear and The Story of the Falling Starp. 100
Perceiving The Red Tree: Narrative Repair, Writerly Metaphor, and Sensible Anarchyp. 120
Now Playing: Silent Cinema and Picture-Book Montagep. 140
Narrators and Implied Readers
Uncle Tom Melodrama with a Modern Point of View: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbirdp. 165
The Identification Fallacy: Perspective and Subjectivity in Children's Literaturep. 187
The Development of Hebrew Children's Literature: From Men Pulling Children Along to Women Meeting Them Where They Arep. 209
Narrative Time
Shifting Worlds: Constructing the Subject, Narrative, and History in Historical Time Shiftsp. 231
"Whose Woods These Are I Think I Know": Narrative Theory and Diana Wynne Jones's Hexwoodp. 251
"Time No Longer": The Context(s) of Time in Tom's Midnight Gardenp. 268
Further Readingp. 293
Contributorsp. 303
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780803215689
ISBN-10: 0803215681
Series: Frontiers of Narrative
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st January 2011
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44