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ERIC Number: ED400856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 6
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Ultra-Orthodox Children's Literature in Israel: A Case Study of Sub-Cultural Children's Literature.
Yitzhaki, Moshe; Shoham, Snunit
Scholars of Israeli children's literature have recently noticed an interesting socio-literary phenomenon: the emergence of an entirely new branch in Israeli children's literature, namely ultra-orthodox children's literature. The books belonging to this special category are easily distinguished from "regular" Israeli children's books by their typical subject content and titles as well as by the fact that their authors and publishers belong to an extremely religious sector. However, despite the great proliferation of these books, scant attention has been paid to this special phenomenon, perhaps because it is relatively new and occurs in a population sector which is remote and isolated from the mainstream literary life in Israel. A study was conducted which had the following objectives: to assess the dimensions and growth rate of the Haredi (ultra-orthodox) Children Literature (HCL); to find its main topics and genres; and to gain knowledge concerning its authors' opinions and attitudes towards various facets of Israeli society, as well as the images they paint regarding their own sector. More than 600 HCL books were located for which formal bibliographical details were recorded as well as in-depth content analysis for about 100 books which dealt with present life and reality. The Haredi children's literature which has proliferated recently, differs considerably from the regular Israeli children's literature regarding genre, theme, topic, content, and story-occurrence period. (Contains 27 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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