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D'Amico, LuElla – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article examines Martha Finley's immensely popular, postbellum Elsie Dinsmore series. As a teacher, Finley was concerned with the best methodology to educate young American women, a topic much debated in the nineteenth century because of the proliferation of conduct books like the Elsie series and the simultaneous advent of common schools.…
Descriptors: Womens Education, Childrens Literature, Moral Values, Novels
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Germaine Buckley, Chloé – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This paper reads the U.K. Government's "fundamental British values" project alongside two children's Gothic novels, "Coram Boy" (2000) by Jamila Gavin and "City of Ghosts" (2009) by Bali Rai. In 2011 the U.K. Government outlined what it described as "fundamental British values" (FBV), making it a requirement…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nationalism, Social Values, Childrens Literature
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Shen, Lisa Chu – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article explores the representation of the figure of the effeminate boy in two contemporary adolescent novels written in Chinese which break the silence in addressing alternative gender and sexual identities. In "A Beautiful Heart," the transsexual and homosexual tendencies evinced by an effeminate boy are treated as forms of sexual…
Descriptors: Males, Sexual Identity, Adolescent Literature, Novels
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Rudd, David – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article reconsiders Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" 50 years after its initial UK publication, and over a hundred years since Dahl's birth. It suggests that the book has often been misinterpreted, in that the work is more critical of modern capitalism than is often recognised, capturing a post-World War II shift in…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, Misconceptions, Psychiatry
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Stening, Rowena Y. Z.; Stening, Bruce W. – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
While there has been a multitude of studies of "Harry Potter" since its first appearance, including studies analyzing individual characters, social classes in the wizarding world, and a number that examine the "'Harry Potter' phenomenon" as a whole, there are none that systematically analyze and compare the characters in terms…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Literary Devices, Fiction, Novels
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Glenn, Wendy J.; King-Watkins, Danielle – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This literary analysis draws upon navigational identity theory to examine the experiences of female protagonists who choose to play on boys' athletic teams. The study analyzes ten middle grade and young adult novels published between 2005 and 2017 to explore the question, How are the female protagonists represented in the navigation of changing…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Females, Athletes, Athletics
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Yoon, Sarah – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This article argues that food acts and eating in the nineteenth century children's novel "The Coral Island" (1858) reveal adult socializing intentions in the context of an expanding British Empire. Written during a transitional historical moment, R. M. Ballantyne's "The Coral Island" communicates to middle- and upper-class…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Power Structure, Foreign Countries, Food
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López-Ropero, Lourdes – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
New developments in the field of youth studies are calling for a reorientation of discourses of adolescence away from developmental tropes of transition, crisis, and dysfunction, and towards a more fluid sociocultural framework. Meg Rosoff's acclaimed novel "How I Live Now" (2004) achieves a balance that transcends the pitfalls of…
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Developmental Stages, Adolescent Development, Literary Devices
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Isaac, Megan Lynn – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
Surveillance technologies are proliferating at an astonishing rate powered by practices that normalize surveillance. Children and young adults are especially prone to being surveilled since few people challenge the idea that protecting young people is a valuable goal. Yet, both E. Lockhart in "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau…
Descriptors: Information Technology, Novels, Adolescent Literature, Gender Differences
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Blackford, Holly; Lockhart, Anna – Children's Literature in Education, 2020
This essay deploys an animal studies, posthumanist approach to Laura's identification with Jack and horses throughout the "Little House" series. Part wolf and partly domesticated, Jack mediates the impossible longings within Laura to be free and yet under control--to be independent yet maintain the approval of her parents, especially her…
Descriptors: Animals, Novels, Childrens Literature, Identification (Psychology)
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Palo, Annbritt; Manderstedt, Lena – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
This article presents an analysis of a recent, award-winning Swedish novel for children and young adults, "The Murderer's Ape" by Jakob Wegelius, and digitally published reviews of the novel. In the first part of the paper, we provide an intersectional analysis of the novel, focusing on gender, profession, species and class. The…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature, Novels, Animals
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Henderson, Mary J. – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
Media platforms frequently report on "Black Lives Matter" in order to raise awareness about institutional racism. However, these platforms often focus on African American male teenagers (Trayvon Martin in a hoodie and "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" for Michael Brown). Noticeably absent are images of Black girls. As a response to these…
Descriptors: African Americans, Females, Childrens Literature, Racial Discrimination
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Tandoi, Eve – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
This article reflects on insights gained from a larger study that explored how a class of ten- and eleven-year-olds read and responded to David Almond's hybrid novel, "My Name is Mina." Through focusing on the children's performances of the poems contained within the text, the discussion examines embodied aspects of the children's…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Novels, Reader Response, Performance
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Palkovich, Einat Natalie – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
The astronomical success of "Matilda the Musical" can be attributed to a variety of factors, including the popularity of Roald Dahl himself. Yet, anyone who knows the novel cannot help but notice that this award-winning musical has made significant changes to the original plot. While revisions are to be expected when novels are adapted…
Descriptors: Novels, Childrens Literature, Drama, Moral Values
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Stamper, Christine N. – Children's Literature in Education, 2019
This essay argues that Maggie Thrash's "Honor Girl" navigates a multi-liminal space allowing it to participate in and expand upon traditions that already exist within children's literature, graphic memoirs, the comics medium, and the history of girl camps as homosocial spaces. By discussing graphic memoirists for adults (such as Alison…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Sexuality, Adolescents, Camps
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