ERIC Number: EJ1036174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Progressive Presentations of Place-Based Identities in Meg Rosoff's "How I Live Now"
Children's Literature in Education, v44 n4 p311-325 Dec 2013
This article provides a close reading of Meg Rosoff's award-winning novel "How I Live Now". It argues that an understanding of the text can be extended through an application of ideas found in contemporary spatial discourse concerning place. Reading the novel within this context allows a discussion of ways in which it draws on established traditions within children's literature, but also of ways in which it challenges a view of place-based identities, and the social relations inherent within those, as being nostalgic and fixed. Whilst not unique in this respect, "How I Live Now" offers a particularly strong challenge to conceptions of place as being rooted in stability, a challenge which is pertinent to young readers negotiating postmodern contexts, and which offers them an optimistic and progressive consideration of place. The novel draws on some literary traditions which could be viewed as nostalgic--the imagined rural idyll, the country house and garden, the escape from the city--but Rosoff offers a subtle subversion of these traditions through her progressive consideration of place-based identities.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, Place Based Education, Literary Criticism, Literary Styles, Literature Appreciation, Book Reviews, Elementary Secondary Education, Didacticism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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