Telling Children's Stories

Telling Children's Stories

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The most accessible approach yet to children's literature and narrative theory, Telling Children's Storiesis a comprehensive collection of never-before-published essays by an international slate of scholars that offers a broad yet in-depth assessment of narrative strategies unique to children's literature. The volume is divided into four interrelated sections: qGenre Templates and Transformations, q qApproaches to the Picture Book, q qNarrators and Implied Readers, q and qNarrative Time.q Mike Cadden's introduction considers the links between the various essays and topics, as well as their connections with such issues as metafiction, narrative ethics, focalization, and plotting. Ranging in focus from picture books to novels such asTo Kill a Mockingbird, from detective fiction for children to historical tales, from new works such as the Lemony Snicket series to classics likeTom's Midnight Garden, these essays explore notions of montage and metaphor, perspective and subjectivity, identification and time. Together, they comprise a resource that will interest and instruct scholars of narrative theory and children's literature, and that will become critically important to the understanding and development of both fields.Templates. and. Transformations. Part 1 takes on the large matter of genre as a narrative consideration in childrena#39;s and ... The opening essay by Elisabeth Rose Gruner examines how the overt and covert fairy-tale structures used in younganbsp;...

Title:Telling Children's Stories
Author: Michael Cadden
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2010

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