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ERIC Number: EJ1119278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1521-7779
Storytelling in Global Children's Literature: Its Role in the Lives of Displaced Child Characters
Parsons, Linda T.
Journal of Children's Literature, v42 n2 p19-27 Fall 2016
How might we understand the experiences of the millions of displaced children around the world on a personal rather than impersonal level? How might we understand in a way that is immediate rather than abstract? The experiences of displaced child characters in global children's literature mirror the experiences of children in our embodied world, and stories are important in the lives of both literary characters and real children. Global children's literature might help young readers develop empathy for displaced children throughout the world and simultaneously help them recognize the universal nature of storytelling. Displaced children who read these novels may see their experiences mirrored and validated within both layers of story. With the importance and possibilities inherent in storytelling in mind, the author examines its role in the lives of displaced child characters in global children's literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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