ERIC Number: ED120813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Iconoclastic Literature for Young People Has "Arrived"!
Cianciolo, Patricia J.
Contemporary changes in ideology and attitudes are reflected in all literature, and that written for children is no exception. This "mimetic approach" to the study of literature takes into account the influence of history on art. Although traditional themes persist, three types of modern themes are becoming increasingly prevalent in children's literature: Existentialist, in which the deeds of the individual protaganist assume primary importance and story line is characteristically open-ended; Impressionist, characterized by the perception of action through the eyes of a single observer; and Surrealist, in which the irrational and dreamlike is stressed. These new forms mirror the current emphasis on flexibility and rapid change. In both the appraisal of literature and the selection of reading for children, educators and librarians must strike a balance between permanent and changing values. (A bibliography of relevant children's books is included.) (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference on Language Arts in the Elementary School (8th, Atlanta, Georgia, March 5-7, 1976)