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Telling Children's Stories
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The most accessible approach yet to children’s literature and narrative theory, Telling Children’s Stories is 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: “Genre Templates and Transformations,” “Approaches to the Picture Book,” “Narrators and Implied Readers,” and “Narrative Time.” 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 as To Kill a Mockingbird, from detective fiction for children to historical tales, from new works such as the Lemony Snicket series to classics like Tom’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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. vii-xxv
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  1. Part One: Genre Templates and Transformations
  2. pp. 3-61
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  1. 1. Telling Old Tales Newly: Intertextuality in Young Adult Fiction for Girls
  2. pp. 3-21
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  1. 2. Familiarity Breeds a Following: Transcending the Formulaicin the Snicket Series
  2. pp. 22-43
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  1. 3. The Power of Secrets: Backwards Construction and the Children’s Detective Story
  2. pp. 44-61
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  1. Part Two: Approaches to the Picture Book
  2. pp. 63-161
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  1. 4. Focalization in Children’s Picture Books: Who Sees in Words and Pictures?
  2. pp. 65-85
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  1. 5. No Consonance, No Consolation: John Burningham’s Time to Get Out of the Bath, Shirley
  2. pp. 86-99
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  1. 7. Perceiving The Red Tree: Narrative Repair, Writerly Metaphor, and Sensible Anarchy
  2. pp. 120-139
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  1. 8. Now Playing: Silent Cinema and Picture-Book Montage
  2. pp. 140-161
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  1. Part Three: Narrators and Implied Readers
  2. pp. 163-227
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  1. 9. Uncle Tom Melodrama with a Modern Point of View: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. pp. 165-186
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  1. 10. The Identification Fallacy: Perspective and Subjectivity in Children’s Literature
  2. pp. 187-208
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  1. 11. The Development of Hebrew Children’s Literature: From Men Pulling Children Along to Women Meeting Them Where They Are
  2. pp. 209-227
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  1. Part Four: Narrative Time
  2. pp. 229-292
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  1. 12. Shifting Worlds: Constructing the Subject, Narrative, and History in Historical Time Shifts
  2. pp. 231-250
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  1. 13. “Whose Woods These Are I Think I Know”: Narrative Theory and Diana Wynne Jones’s Hexwood
  2. pp. 251-267
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  1. 14. “Time No Longer: The Context(s) of Time in Tom’s Midnight Garden
  2. pp. 268-292
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 293-302
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 303-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-317
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