Deconstructing the Hero

Deconstructing the Hero

This book sets out to explore the structure and meanings within the most popular of all literary genres - the adventure story.

Author: Margery Hourihan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134761784

Category: Education

Page: 267

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This book sets out to explore the structure and meanings within the most popular of all literary genres - the adventure story. Deconstructing the Hero offers analytical readings of some of the most widely read adventure stories such as Treasure Island , the James Bond stories and Star Wars. The book describes how adventure stories are influential in shaping children's perception and establishing values. When many of these stories define non-white, non-European people as inferior, and women as marginal or incapable, we should be worried about what they are teaching our children to think. Margery Hourihan shows how teaching children to read books critically can help to prevent the establishment of negative attitudes, discourage aggression and promote values of emotion and creativity.
Categories: Education

Growing and Knowing A Selection Guide for Children s Literature

Growing and Knowing  A Selection Guide for Children s Literature

An Illustrated History of Children's Literature, London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1995. Hourihan, M. Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature. London: Routledge, 1997. JOURNALS.

Author: Mary Trim

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783598440076

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 279

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The primary function of this book is to serve as a guide to the selection of books for children, recognizing the vast range of books published and the individual rates of reading and social development of different children.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Children s Literature as Communication

Children s Literature as Communication

Deconstructing the hero : Literary theory and children's literature . Routledge : London . Humm , M. ( 1995 ) . The Dictionary of feminist theory [ 2nd ed . ] . New York : Harvester Wheatsheaf . Johansson , A. ( 1999 ) .

Author: Roger D. Sell

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027226423

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 376

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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.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Aesthetic Approaches to Children s Literature

Aesthetic Approaches to Children s Literature

Holub, Robert C. Reception Theory: A Critical Introduction. London: Methuen, 1984. Hourihan, Margery. Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature. London: Routledge, 1997. Hoy, David.

Author: Maria Nikolajeva

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810854260

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 334

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As undergraduate and graduate courses in children's literature become more established and numerous, there is an intense need for a textbook that offers aesthetic rather than educational approaches to children's literature. This work fills that void by providing students of children's literature with a comprehensible and easy-to-use analytical tool kit, showing through concrete demonstration how each tool might best be used. The chapters are organized around familiar and easily recognized features of literary texts (e.g. author, genre, character). Theoretical issues are illustrated by specific texts from the North American children's literature canon. The book explores the particular aesthetics of children's fiction and the ways critical theory may be applied to children's texts, while remaining accessible to a college readership without prior specialized knowledge of literary theory. Each chapter includes a short introduction to a specific theoretical approach (e.g. semiotics, feminist, psychoanalytic), an example of its application to a literary text, a number of activities (study questions, reading exercises), and suggestions for further explorations.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Children s Literature

Children s Literature

Hourihan, Margery, Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature (London: Routledge, 1997). Hunt, Peter, Criticism, Theory and Children's Literature (Oxford: Blackwell, 1991). Lesnik-Oberstein, Karín, Children's ...

Author: M.O. Grenby

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748649075

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Provides a thorough history of British and North American children's literature from the 17th century to the present dayNow fully revised and updated, this new edition includes: nbsp;a new chapter on illustrated and picture books (and includes 8 illustrations);nbsp;an expanded glossary; an updated further reading section.Children's Literature traces the development of the main genres of children's books one by one, including fables, fantasy, adventure stories, moral tales, family stories, school stories, children's poetry and illustrated and picture books. Grenby shows how these forms have evolved over 300 years and asks why most children's books, even today, continue to fall into one or other of these generic categories.Combining detailed analysis of particular key texts and a broad survey of hundreds of books written and illustrated for children, this volume considers both long forgotten and still famous titles, as well as the new classics of the genre all of them loved by children and adults alike, but also fascinating and challenging for the critic and cultural historian. Key Featuresnbsp;Broad historical rangenbsp;Coverage of neglected as well as well-known textsnbsp;Focus on the main genres of children's literaturenbsp;Thoroughly up-to-date in terms of primary texts and critical material
Categories: Literary Criticism

Children s Literature

Children s Literature

Hourihan, Margery (1997) Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature, London: Routledge. Humm, Maggie (1994) A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Feminist Literary Criticism, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.

Author: Pat Pinsent

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350308930

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This invaluable Guide surveys the key critical works and debates in the vibrant field of children's literature since its inception. Leading expert Pat Pinsent combines a chronological overview of developments in the genre with analysis of key theorists and theories, and subject-specific methodologies.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Historical Dictionary of Children s Literature

Historical Dictionary of Children s Literature

The Crossover Novel: Contemporary Children's Fiction and Its Adult Readership. New York: Routledge, 2008. ... Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature. London: Routledge, 1997. Hunt, Peter. Criticism, Theory ...

Author: Emer O'Sullivan

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810874962

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 372

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The Historical Dictionary of Children's Literature relates the history of children's literature through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, a bibliography, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on authors, books, and genres.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Power Voice and Subjectivity in Literature for Young Readers

Power  Voice and Subjectivity in Literature for Young Readers

Hourihan, Margery. Deconstructing the Hero. Literary Theory and Children's Literature. London: Routledge, 1997. Hunt, Peter. “Narrative Theory and Children's Literature.” Children's Literature Association Quarterly 9 (1984) 4: 191–194.

Author: Maria Nikolajeva

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135238230

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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This book considers one of the most controversial aspects of children’s and young adult literature: its use as an instrument of power. Children in contemporary Western society are oppressed and powerless, yet they are allowed, in fiction written by adults for the enlightenment and enjoyment of children, to become strong, brave, rich, powerful, and independent -- on certain conditions and for a limited time. Though the best children’s literature offers readers the potential to challenge the authority of adults, many authors use artistic means such as the narrative voice and the subject position to manipulate the child reader. Looking at key works from the eighteenth century to the present, Nikolajeva explores topics such as genre, gender, crossvocalization, species, and picturebook images. Contemporary power theories including social and cultural studies, carnival theory, feminism, postcolonial and queer studies, and narratology are also considered, in order to demonstrate how a balance is maintained between the two opposite inherent goals of children’s literature: to empower and to educate the child.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Discourses of Postcolonialism in Contemporary British Children s Literature

Discourses of Postcolonialism in Contemporary British Children s Literature

Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004. ... Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature. London: Routledge, 1997.

Author: Blanka Grzegorczyk

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317962625

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 136

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This book considers how contemporary British children’s books engage with some of the major cultural debates of recent years, and how they resonate with the current preoccupations and tastes of the white mainstream British reading public. A central assumption of this volume is that Britain’s imperial past continues to play a key role in its representations of race, identity, and history. The insistent inclusion of questions relating to colonialism and power structures in recent children’s novels exposes the complexities and contradictions surrounding the fictional treatment of race relations and ethnicity. Postcolonial children’s literature in Britain has been inherently ambivalent since its cautious beginnings: it is both transgressive and authorizing, both undercutting and excluding. Grzegorczyk considers the ways in which children’s fictions have worked with and against particular ideologies of race. The texts analyzed in this collection portray ethnic minorities as complex, hybrid products of colonialism, global migrations, and the ideology of multiculturalism. By examining the ideological content of these novels, Grzegorczyk demonstrates the centrality of the colonial past to contemporary British writing for the young.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Rhetoric of Character in Children s Literature

The Rhetoric of Character in Children s Literature

Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature. London: Routledge, 1997. Hunt, Peter. "Winnie-the-Pooh and Domestic Fantasy." pp. 112-24 in Stories and Society: Children's Literature in Its Social Context, ed.

Author: Maria Nikolajeva

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9781461673507

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

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Now available in paperback! Until now, there was no theoretical research of character in children's fiction and very few comprehensive theoretical studies of literary characters in general. In her latest intellectual foray, the author of From Mythic to Linear ponders the art of characterization. Through a variety of critical perspectives, she uncovers the essential differences between story ('what we are told') and discourse ('how we are told'), and carefully distinguishes between how these are employed in children's fiction and in general fiction. Yet another masterful work by a leading figure in contemporary criticism.
Categories: Literary Criticism