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ERIC Number: ED078358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 227
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Structural Analysis of Children's Literature: Picture Storybooks.
White, Mary Lou Usery
This study was based on the idea that a structural analysis of picture storybooks might offer implications for the use of structural criticism in the teaching of children's literature. One hundred picture storybooks were analyzed inductively for certain basic components of plot structure which were termed actions. The analysis of the books revealed twenty-eight actions, categorized into six groups: aspiration, travel, quest, information, deed, and goal. The actions were related, making it possible to note certain groupings of actions: plot segments were defined as two or more consecutive actions that formed a logical and sequential unit within the plot; compounded actions were defined as two or more duplicate actions that followed each other consecutively and were bound together as plot segments; patterns of recognition were defined as the reappearance of the same segments of compounded actions in a given book. Picture storybooks were not able to be classified as a closed group within literature on the basis of this study's structural analysis. Certain subgroups of actions were found to be classifiable as closed groups based on structural features. (Author/WR)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University