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ERIC Number: ED400855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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The Child's Voice in Children's Literature.
Thacker, Deborah
The existence of children's literature as a genre has, to a large extent, depended on its function as a force of social manipulation, rather than on any concern with literary value. The need to consider children's literature in the light of developments in literary theory that emphasize the importance of the semiotics of the text, and in particular, the way in which language controls the reader's response, can bring to light the processes in the literature of childhood that form the adult reader. However, while the children's literature specialist is investigating the workings of the text from a viewpoint that embraces developments in literary theory, the theorist almost completely ignores the texts of childhood. This study aims to propose methods which allow children's voices to be heard in a nondirected, open way. This research is shaped by seven case studies framed by three main areas of context. The first is an investigation of modern literary theory and its relationship to the books of childhood. The second is the context within which the texts are delivered to children. The third is the notion of reading history. Each case study is underpinned by the individual child's reading history, derived from interviews with parents, children and teachers. While looking for a way to give children a voice in the adult dominated world of children's fiction, this researcher found it to be in the nature of the text itself. (Contains 23 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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