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Title: Children's Literature as Communication
Subtitle: The ChiLPA project
Edited By: Roger D. Sell
Series Title: Studies in Narrative 2

In this book, members of the ChiLPA Project (Children’s Literature: Pure and Applied) explore the children’s literature of several different cultures, ranging from ancient India, nineteenth century Russia, and the Soviet Union, to twentieth century Britain, America, Australia, Sweden, and Finland. The research covers not only the form and content of books for children, but also their potential social functions, especially within education. These two perspectives are brought together within a theory of children’s literature as one among other forms of communication, an approach that sees the role of literary scholars, critics and teachers as one of mediation. Part I deals with the way children’s writers and picturebook-makers draw on a culture’s available resources of orality, literacy, intertextuality, and image. Part II examines their negotiation of major issues such as the child adult distinction, gender, politics, and the Holocaust. Part III discusses children’s books as used within language education programmes, with particular attention to young readers’ pragmatic processing of differences between the context of writing and their own context of reading.

Table of Contents

Members of the ChiLPA Project, Åbo Akademi University ix•xii
Introduction: Children’s literature as communication
Roger D. Sell 1•26
Part I: Initiating: Resources at hand 27
Literacy and orality: The wise artistry of The Pañcatantra
Niklas Bengtsson 29•37
Orality and literacy, continued: Playful magic in Pushkin’s Tale of Tsar Saltan
Janina Orlov 39•53
Intertextualities: Subtexts in Jukka Parkkinen’s Suvi Kinos novels
Kaisu Rättyä 55•70
Intertextualities, continued: The connotations of proper names in Tove Jansson
Yvonne Bertills 71•83
The verbal and the visual: The picturebook as a medium
Maria Nikolajeva 85•108
Part II: Negotiating: Issues examined 109
Growing up: The dilemma of children’s literature
Maria Nikolajeva 111•136
Childhood: A narrative chronotope
Rosemary Ross Johnston 137•158
Child-power? Adventures into the animal kingdom • The Animorphs series
Maria Lassèn-Seger 159•176
Gender and beyond: Ulf Stark’s conservative rebellion
Mia Österlund 177•199
Politics: Gubarev’s Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors
Jenniliisa Salminen 201•212
The unspeakable: Children’s fiction and the Holocaust
Lydia Kokkola 213•233
Part III: Responding: Pragmatic variables 235
Early immersion reading: The narrative mode and meaning-making
Lydia Kokkola 237•262
Reader-learners: Children’s novels and participatory pedagogy
Roger D. Sell 263•290
Primary-level EFL: Planning a multicultural fiction project
Roger D. Sell 291•313
Secondary-level EFL: Melina Marchetta’s Looking for Alibrandi
Lilian Rönnqvist 315•331
Bilingualism, stories, new technology: The Fabula Project
Viv K. Edwards 333•344
Subject index 345

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027226423
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 352 pp.
Prices: EUR 90.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112586
ISBN-13: 9781588112583
Pages: xii, 352 pp.
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