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American Children s Literature and the Construction of Childhood (Hardback)

Gail Schmunk Murray

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ISBN 10: 0805741070 / ISBN 13: 9780805741070
Edité par Cengage Gale, United States, 1998
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Of the many ways cultures have to socialize the young, western cultures have relied heavily on books to transmit certain social values and to cast aspersions on others. In her new study, American Children s Literature and the Construction of Childhood, author Gail S. Murray argues that the meaning of childhood is socially constructed and that its meaning has changed over time. Of course, society has never spoken with one voice but in almost every era, a dominant culture has prevailed. Books written for children reveal this dominant culture, reflect its behavioral standard, and reinforce its expectations. Covering the entire history of American children s literature, from The New England Primer to the works of authors like Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak, Murray explores the messages behind the stories, and what these messages reveal about the society that conveyed them. N° de réf. du libraire FLT9780805741070

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Titre : American Children s Literature and the ...

Éditeur : Cengage Gale, United States

Date d'édition : 1998

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Of the many ways cultures have to socialize the young, western cultures have relied heavily on books to transmit certain social values and to cast aspersions on others. In her new study, American Children's Literature and the Construction of Childhood, author Gail S. Murray argues that the meaning of childhood is socially constructed and that its meaning has changed over time. Of course, "society" has never spoken with one voice but in almost every era, a dominant culture has prevailed. Books written for children reveal this dominant culture, reflect its behavioral standard, and reinforce its expectations. Covering the entire history of American children's literature, from The New England Primer to the works of authors like Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak, Murray explores the messages behind the stories, and what these messages reveal about the society that conveyed them.

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This concise review of American children's literature covers the years from 1660 to 1990. Murray's perspective is more historical than literary, and this work makes an important contribution to understanding how children's books reflect the distinct historical and cultural changes in this country. The story is told in chronological order with one useful exception. Midway, the author clusters together the issues of minority cultures (from 1850 to 1930), making it easier to consider them as a whole. She included only works of fiction that she felt best reflected American culture, and in which adult messages to children were most explicit. The bibliographical essay at the end is helpful to scholars. Black-and-white reproductions from some of the books included appear throughout. Since there is no comprehensive history of childhood in America, this volume may serve as an introduction to that vast subject, and will be of interest to scholars and students of American children's books.-Virginia Golodetz, Children's Literature New England, Burlington, VT

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