ERIC Number: ED449478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-19
From Mark Twain to Toni Morrison: Subverting Teacher Authority in Children's Literature.
Evans, Stan; Bates, Laura
This paper examines the subversion of teacher authority in children's literature. It notes that picture books present various forms of "subversion" of teacher authority that range from the overt to the implicit. Examples from children's books that were presented to elementary education majors in a children's literature class are presented. The discussion in the paper includes class comments on perceived responses of the intended child audience and also how they as future educators felt about the representation of authority. The paper considers what word or words teachers, future teachers, and preschool-aged children might associate with the concept of "teacher authority," based on these books. It also considers the various kinds of teachers represented in them, and whether even"nice" students undermine their teachers. Examples include "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,""Tom Sawyer,""Pippi Longstocking,""Harry Potter," and others. Seven books are cited; six more are listed which are not discussed in the paper; and an illustrated bibliography of five picture books is included. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (90th, Milwaukee, WI, November 16-21, 2000).