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  • The Carnivalesque in Children’s Literature

    The Carnivalesque in Children’s Literature

    Carnival: In the Bakhtanian sense, “a place that is not a place and a time that is not a time”, in which one can “don the liberating masks of liminal masquerade”. Victor Turner, Dramas, Fields and Metaphors: Symbolic Action in Human Society, 1974 Children’s literature academic Maria Nikolajeva categorises children’s fiction into three general forms: prelapsarian, carnivalesque and postlapsarian. Prelapsarian…

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  • Mothers In Children’s Literature

    Mothers In Children’s Literature

    Mothers are either held up as paragons of selflessness, or they’re discounted and parodied. We often don’t see them in all their complexity. Novelist Edan Lepucki contemplates motherhood We’re born young and helpless. We require a long period of care, wherein we often cannot even clearly articulate what it is that we need (we often hold the fantasy that we…

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  • Food And Sex In Children’s Literature

    Food And Sex In Children’s Literature

    Food plays an important role in children’s literature, and is one difference between mainstream literature and literature for children. Food means all sorts of things throughout literature — sometimes it symbolizes good, other times evil. Writers don’t care what they eat. They just care what you think of them. Sport, Harriet the Spy Why All The Food in Children’s Literature?…

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