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ERIC Number: EJ847244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
Bums, Poos and Wees: Carnivalesque Spaces in the Picture Books of Early Childhood. Or, Has Literature Gone to the Dogs?
McKenzie, John
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v4 n1 p81-94 May 2005
Adults often express concern about the increasing production of books with scatological humour despite the evidence of the popularity of such literature with children. This article explores a range of recently published picture books where the anthropomorphic dog is subject to children's laughter. Bakhtin's theory of the carnivalesque is identified as a useful construct to use in order to understand the nature of this humour and indeed, the theory can provide a rationale for the possible use of scatology in early childhood settings. The dialogic nature of the picture book (image versus narrative) provides a useful structure to exploit carnivalesque humour. However, the paper recognises that providing a carnivalesque space in the classroom is a problematic business that challenges how adults perceive both the nature of children's literature and the adult as the agent of control within the early childhood centre. (Contains 2 footnotes and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A