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Fragmentation and re-construction : folklore and metanarration in Jane Yolen's Briar rose

Author: Genevieve Sawyer Baumann; Missouri State University. Department of English.
Publisher: ©2006.
Dissertation: M.A. Missouri State University 2006
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English
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Storytelling has been a significant influence in children's literature, and it could be argued that the folktales form the very foundations of children's literature. Jane Yolen's Briar Rose is unique in its depiction of orality and storytelling because of Yolen's connection to the oral tradition and her attention to the very nature of orality itself. Her postmodern fragmentation of a familiar tale transforms the  Read more...
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Named Person: Jane Yolen; Jane Yolen
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Genevieve Sawyer Baumann; Missouri State University. Department of English.
OCLC Number: 123171965
Notes: "August 2006."
Description: vi, 61 leaves ; 29 cm
Responsibility: by Genevieve Sawyer Baumann.

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Storytelling has been a significant influence in children's literature, and it could be argued that the folktales form the very foundations of children's literature. Jane Yolen's Briar Rose is unique in its depiction of orality and storytelling because of Yolen's connection to the oral tradition and her attention to the very nature of orality itself. Her postmodern fragmentation of a familiar tale transforms the function of the fairytale from an entertaining bedtime story to a series of oral narratives that tell a much darker and more fragmented "story" of the Holocaust. In addition, Yolen's text serves as a metanarration on the storytelling process. This transformation of both narrative and genre reflects a postmodern shift in historical fiction and fantasy. Briar Rose establishes narrative "frames" which draw boundaries between history and fantasy, orality and literacy, and fiction and truth. This thesis examines how Yolen relies on her readers' expectations of these frames to allow her to deconstruct and fragment these frames which first require readers to question their definitions of truth and fiction and later transforms their concepts of all narratives both historical and fantastical.

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