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ERIC Number: EJ1092065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Aidan Chambers' "Breaktime": Class Conflict and Anxiety in the Work of a Scholarship-Boy Writer
Takiuchi, Haru
Children's Literature in Education, v47 n1 p36-49 Mar 2016
Aidan Chambers' "Breaktime" (1978) is famous for its unique narrative style and sexual content. This focus has obscured another significant aspect of the novel: the role of social class in "Breaktime" and Chambers' working-class background have rarely been explored. Chambers was an example of what Richard Hoggart calls "the scholarship boy," a working-class boy educated in a grammar school in mid-twentieth-century Britain. In this article, Haru Takiuchi argues that Chambers' scholarship-boy experiences are crucial for understanding "Breaktime." For his analysis of the cultural and psychological aspects of class that concern representations of scholarship boys in British children's literature of the 1960s and 1970s, he draws on Pierre Bourdieu's theory of class habitus, more focused studies of class in Britain and research into the experiences of scholarship boys. Using material from the author's archive supplemented with interviews, Haru Takiuchi highlights Chambers' unique representation of the scholarship boy and social class in the book.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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