Language and Ideology in Children's Fiction / Edition 1

Language and Ideology in Children's Fiction / Edition 1

by John Stephens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582070627

ISBN-13: 9780582070622

Pub. Date: 01/28/1992

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

When children read fiction they are exposed to the beliefs which inform and structure their society. The books encourage child readers to internalise particular ways of seeing the world and help shape their development as individuals. Although this process forms a key part of their education, it remains largely invisible. As well as a story, fictions impart a…  See more details below

Overview

When children read fiction they are exposed to the beliefs which inform and structure their society. The books encourage child readers to internalise particular ways of seeing the world and help shape their development as individuals. Although this process forms a key part of their education, it remains largely invisible. As well as a story, fictions impart a significance to readers - often without revealing its presence or ground - and therefore have considerable potential to socialize their audience. John Stephens analyses this process and shows how fictions can work to constrain or liberate audience responses. He explores picture books as well as historical, realistic and fantastic fictions to show how both a character within the narrative and the implied reader are positioned within ideology. The author considers areas of ideology not previously examined and offers new perspectives on realism and fantasy. The book will be of interest to linguists and teachers as well as to the general reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582070622
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Series:
Language in Social Life Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
Author's Acknowledgements
Publisher's Acknowledgements
Introduction: Examining ideology in children's fiction1
1Ideology, discourse and narrative fiction8
2Readers and subject positions in children's fiction47
3Not by words alone: language, intertextuality, society84
4Ideology, carnival and interrogative texts120
5Primary scenes: the family and picture books158
6Contemplating otherness: ideology and historical fiction202
7Words of power: fantasy and realism as linguistically constituted modes241
Bibliography291
Index302

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