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Discourses of postcolonialism in contemporary British children's literature

Author: Blanka Grzegorczyk
Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. ©2015
Series: Children's literature and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book considers how contemporary British children's books engage with some of the major cultural debates of recent years, and how they resonate with the current preoccupations and tastes of the white mainstream British reading public. A central assumption of this volume is that Britain's imperial past continues to play a key role in its representations of race, identity, and history. In this conception, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Blanka Grzegorczyk
ISBN: 9780415720274 0415720273 1315867079 9781315867076
OCLC Number: 859447225
Description: 135 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Politics of Children's Literature 2. The Empire Within: Migrant and Post-Migrant Coming-of-Age Novels 3. Rewriting Colonial Histories in Historical Fictions For the Young: From Below and Above 4. "Empires of the Mind": Intersections of Children's Fantasy and Postcolonialism 5. The (Post)Colonial Exotic: Representing the Other in Adventure Stories for the Young
Series Title: Children's literature and culture.
Responsibility: Blanka Grzegorczyk.

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"This book considers how contemporary British children's books engage with some of the major cultural debates of recent years, and how they resonate with the current preoccupations and tastes of the white mainstream British reading public. A central assumption of this volume is that Britain's imperial past continues to play a key role in its representations of race, identity, and history. In this conception, the insistent inclusion of questions relating to colonialism and power relations in recent children's novels reveals significant tensions, or even contradictions, with regards to the fictional treatment of race relations and ethnicity. Postcolonial children's literature in Britain is shown to have been inherently ambivalent since its cautious beginnings: it is seen as both transgressive and authorizing, both undercutting and excluding. The author examines the ways in which children's fictions have challenged dominant structures of power and imperial ideologies while sometimes straddling the border between subversion and an uneasy complicity. The texts analysed in this collection portray ethnic minorities as complex, hybrid products of colonialism, global migrations, and the ideology of multiculturalism. By examining the ideological content of these novels, the author demonstrates the centrality of the colonial past to contemporary British writing for the young. Discourses of Postcolonialism in Contemporary British Children's Literature combines a critical survey of contemporary British writing for children and young adults with the central concerns of postcolonial studies. It reveals complex engagements with questions of national identity, cultural hybridity, decolonization, and diasporic culture within contemporary British children's literature"--

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