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Vardanian, Maryna – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
The numerous ecological catastrophes of the twentieth century caused by humans have found their way into mass culture. Among them is the Chornobyl nuclear accident that took place in Ukraine in 1986. This disaster became a subject of reflection not only in Ukrainian literature but also in world films and computer games. Along with other works on…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nuclear Energy, Facilities, Fiction
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Britten, Adrielle – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
War, like other stressful situations and experiences, entails a threat to one's subjective well-being, and war fiction for children represents this threat in different ways: some narratives minimise it, and others do not. War fiction, then, provides material for a case study of war and its impact on representations of subjective well-being (SWB),…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Childrens Literature, Well Being, War
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Dziri, Nourhene – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
While child abuse and neglect have been explored at length, less attention has been paid to the role of contemporary realist Young Adult Literature (YAL) in denouncing abusive treatments of young people in conjunction with adultism. It is hereby suggested that age inequality is at the core of youth maltreatment, and it is this intersectionality…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Age Discrimination
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Moruzi, Kristine; Chen, Shih-Wen Sue; Venzo, Paul – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
In this article, we begin by discussing approximately thirty picture books dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic published digitally in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and other English-speaking countries in the first six months of 2020. The worldwide impact of COVID-19 resulted in the rapid global digital publication of numerous…
Descriptors: Public Health, Diseases, Pandemics, Fear
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Keus, Kelly; Harde, Roxanne – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
Drawing on cognitive criticism, and using Theory of Mind, transportation, and imaginative resistance as a framework, this essay analyzes the ways in which Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows Duology, can build understanding of and empathy for people with living with mental illnesses. Maria Nikolajeva's germinal work on cognitive approaches to literature…
Descriptors: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Empathy, Mental Disorders, Novels
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Rudin, Shai – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
This study examines illustrations of girls in Israeli children's literature of the years 1948-2019. 54 illustrated books for children in which the image of a girl is at the center were analyzed. The illustrations were examined according to two key periods: 1940s-1976, and 1977-2019. The research findings did not confirm the conventional…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Foreign Countries, Feminism, Illustrations
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Glenn, Wendy J.; Caasi, Erica – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
This Critical Comparative Content Analysis employs theories of poststructuralist feminism to examine two versions of a nonfiction fitness text for young adult readers, one written for females and one for males. The analysis reveals the persistent naming of gendered assumptions about the appropriateness of particular sports to particular athletes,…
Descriptors: Sex Stereotypes, Physical Fitness, Athletics, Young Adults
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Vaughn, Margaret; Sotirovska, Vera; Darragh, Janine J.; Elhess, Mohamed – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
Given increased attention toward nonfiction and informational texts due to recent educational reforms in the nation, it is critical to examine how various cultural identities are depicted in nonfiction children's picture books. Focusing on the Orbis Pictus honor and awarded texts (n = 60) from 1990 to 2019, this article reports the findings of a…
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Nonfiction
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Latham, Don – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
The framework of visual grammar (Kress and van Leeuwen, 2006, via Serafini, 2014) is used to examine the artwork of Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll's "Speak: The Graphic Novel," which tells through words and pictures the story of Melinda Sordino, a girl who is raped just prior to beginning her freshman year in high school. Three…
Descriptors: Grammar, Cartoons, Novels, Trauma
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Thury, Eva Maria – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
This paper considers the Twilight novels alongside the Vampire Academy books, as young adult readers regularly invoke these series as touchstones of the contemporary adolescent Gothic genre. The abiding appeal of these vampire novels is related to the ways they reflect the experiences of young adults with the rapacity and greed displayed in our…
Descriptors: Novels, Adolescent Literature, Young Adults, Literary Genres
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Fleta, M. Teresa – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
This study explores the potential of illustrated barcodes of picturebooks in the educational context. The study reviews the modification by artists of conventional and mandatory barcodes into creative barcode placements in picturebooks. By raising awareness of the aesthetic subtleties of barcodes, the paper articulates how these attractive and…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Teaching Methods, Aesthetics, Picture Books
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Feldman, Daniel – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
Children's books of Nazi propaganda prove that a society can venerate science to the point of making biology the organizing principle of its educational system yet nevertheless produce children's literature shot through with fabrication and falsehood. Three children's books of Nazi propaganda that are frequently mentioned in accounts of…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Propaganda, Authoritarianism, Jews
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Liang, Yuanyuan – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
Oscar Wilde was described by W. B. Yeats as "a man of action, a born dramatist." Although people did not recognize him as a serious playwright until the 1890s, Wilde had managed to find other outlets for his theatrical passion, for example in writing fiction. In this paper, it is argued that Wilde incorporates metadrama into his 1888…
Descriptors: Literary Devices, Childrens Literature, Drama, Fairy Tales
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Senderska, Joanna; Mityk, Iwona; Piotrowska-Oberda, Ewa – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
The article discusses the image of the family and the family home in a series of novels for young people by the popular Polish writer Malgorzata Musierowicz in the context of literary conventions and stereotypes about the family in contemporary Polish society. The novels, which cover a period of over 40 years, generally fit contemporary Polish…
Descriptors: Family (Sociological Unit), Family Environment, Imagery, Novels
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Duggan, Jennifer – Children's Literature in Education, 2022
The politics of children's literature and the actors surrounding it have never been more visible than they are now, in the digital age. As one of the first children's series to gain widespread popularity concurrently with the spread of the internet, the Harry Potter septet arrived on the global stage at the perfect moment to develop an avid,…
Descriptors: Politics, Childrens Literature, Authors, Novels
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