New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations

New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations

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Overview

Children's texts are highly responsive to social change and to global politics, and are implicated in shaping the values of children and young people. New World Orders shows how texts for children and young people have responded to the cultural, economic, and political movements of the last 15 years. With a focus on international children's texts produced between 1988 and 2006, the authors discuss how utopian and dystopian tropes are pressed into service to project possible futures to child readers. The book considers what these texts have to say about globalisation, neocolonialism, environmental issues, pressures on families and communities, and the idea of the posthuman. This fascinating volume is the first thorough study of how children's books imagine and propose possible worlds and societies.

About the Author:
Clare Bradford is Professor of Literature at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

About the Author:
Kerry Mallan is Professor in Education at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia

About the Author:
John Stephens is Professor in English at Macquarie University, Australia

About the Author:
Robyn McCallum is Lecturer in English Literature at Macquarie University, Australia

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349286157
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 03/13/2008
Series: Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Edition description: 1st ed. 2008
Pages: 213
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

CLARE BRADFORD is Professor of Literature at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She works in children's literature, focusing on postcolonial theory and texts. Her 2001 book Reading Race won both the ChLA Book Award and also the IRSCL Award. Her most recent book is Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature.

ROBYN MCCALLUM is a Lecturer in English Literature at Macquarie University, Australia, where she works in children's literature, with a particular focus on adolescent fiction and visual media. Her book Ideologies of Identity in Adolescent Fiction received the IRSCL Honour book award in 2001. She is also co-author, with John Stephens, of Retelling Stories, Framing Culture.

KERRY MALLAN is Professor in Education at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her resarch interests include all aspects of children's literature and film, with particular focus on gender and sexuality. Her book Youth Cultures: Texts, Images and Identities (co-edited with Sharyn Pearce) won the IRSCL Honour book award 2003.

JOHN STEPHENS is Professor in English at Macquarie University, Australia. He is the author of Language and Ideology in Children's Fiction (a ChLA Honour Book) and edited Ways of Being Male (an IRSCL Honour Book). His research deals with the impact of cultural forms on children's literature.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vi
A New World Order or a New Dark Age?     1
Children's Texts, New World Orders and Transformative Possibilities     11
Masters, Slaves, and Entrepreneurs: Globalised Utopias and New World Order(ing)s     35
The Lure of the Lost Paradise: Postcolonial Utopias     59
Reweaving Nature and Culture: Reading Ecocritically     79
'Radiant with Possibility': Communities and Utopianism     105
Ties that Bind: Reconceptualising Home and Family     130
The Struggle to be Human in a Posthuman World     154
Conclusion: The Future: What are Our Prospects?     182
Notes     186
References     193
Index     202

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