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The essays in Home Words explore the complexity of the idea of home through various theoretical lenses and groupings of texts. One focus of this collection is the relation between the discourses of nation, which often represent the nation as home, and the discourses of home in children’s literature, which variously picture home as a dwelling, family, town or region, psychological comfort, and a place to start from and return to. These essays consider the myriad ways in which discourses of home underwrite both children’s and national literatures.

Home Words reconfigures the field of Canadian children’s literature as it is usually represented by setting the study of English- and French-language texts side by side, and by paying sustained attention to the diversity of work by Canadian writers for children, including both Aboriginal peoples and racialized Canadians. It builds on the literary histories, bibliographical essays, and biographical criticism that have dominated the scholarship to date and sets out to determine and establish new directions for the study of Canadian children’s literature.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. LIST OF FIGURES
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Discourses of Home in Canadian Children's Literature
  2. pp. xi-xx
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  1. CHAPTER 1: Homing and Unhoming: The Ideological Work of Canadian Children's Literature
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. CHAPTER 2: Les représentations du « home » dans les romans historiques québécois destinés aux adolescents
  2. pp. 27-50
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  1. CHAPTER 3: Le home : un espace privilégié en littérature de jeunesse québécoise
  2. pp. 51-66
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  1. CHAPTER 4: Island Homemaking: Catharine Parr Traill's Canadian Crusoes and the Robinsonade Tradition
  2. pp. 67-86
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  1. CHAPTER 5: Home and Native Land: A Study of Canadian Aboriginal Picture Books by Aboriginal Authors
  2. pp. 87-106
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  1. CHAPTER 6 At Home on Native Land: A Non-Aboriginal Canadian Scholar Discusses Aboriginality and Property in Canadian Double-Focalized Novels for Young Adults
  2. pp. 107-128
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  1. CHAPTER 7: White Picket Fences: At Home with Multicultural Children's Literature in Canada?
  2. pp. 129-144
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  1. CHAPTER 8: Windows as Homing Devices in Canadian Picture Books
  2. pp. 145-176
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  1. CHAPTER 9: The Homely Imaginary: Fantasies of Nationhood in Australian and Canadian Texts
  2. pp. 177-194
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  1. CHAPTER 10: Home Page: Translating Scholarly Discourses for Young People
  2. pp. 195-224
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  1. AFTERWORD: Homeward Bound?
  2. pp. 225-232
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  1. WORKS CITED
  2. pp. 233-260
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS
  2. pp. 261-264
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 265-276
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