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ERIC Number: EJ967212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
"In the Hands of the Receivers": The Politics of Literacy in "The Savage" by David Almond and Dave McKean
Hateley, Erica
Children's Literature in Education, v43 n2 p170-180 Jun 2012
David Almond and Dave McKean's "The Savage" is a hybrid prose and graphic novel which tells the story of one young man's maturation through literacy. The protagonist learns to deal with the death of his father and his own "savage" self by writing a graphic novel. This article reads "The Savage" in the context of earlier, "Northern" literacy narratives--particularly Tony Harrison's poem "Them & [uz]" and Barry Hines' "Kes"--through the discourse of neoliberalism and the notion of the reluctant boy reader. It is suggested that Almond and McKean are influenced by currently dominant ideologies of gender and literacy.
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Language: English
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