ERIC Number: EJ882976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
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Racial Identification and Audience in "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" and "The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963"
Barker, Jani L.
Children's Literature in Education, v41 n2 p118-145 Jun 2010
Multiethnic children's literature addresses multiple audiences, providing different reading experiences and benefits for each. Using critical race theory as an interpretive tool, this article examines how two African American historical fiction novels, Mildred Taylor's "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" and Christopher Paul Curtis's "The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963", frame anti-racist identifications for readers of all races. It argues that these identifications are key elements in the novels' rhetorical strategies for engaging readers and opposing racism. Both novels portray strong African American families with whom both black and nonblack readers can identify and present African American perspectives on race, but they differ in how directly they approach racism and how they frame the identification of white readers. The conclusion offers implications of analyzing race and audience when teaching multiethnic literature.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Race, Rhetoric, Audiences, Racial Identification, Novels, Critical Theory, African Americans, Multicultural Education, Racial Discrimination, Content Analysis, Critical Reading, African American History, African American Literature, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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