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Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature

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A “Choice” Outstanding Academic Title
This groundbreaking study introduces and explores Lacan’s complex theories of subjectivity and desire through close readings of canonical children’s books such as Charlotte’s Web, Stellaluna, Holes, Tangerine, and The Chocolate War, providing an introduction to an increasingly influential body of difficult work while making the claim that children’s textual encounters are as significant as their existential ones in constituting their ...

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Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literatue

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Overview

A “Choice” Outstanding Academic Title
This groundbreaking study introduces and explores Lacan’s complex theories of subjectivity and desire through close readings of canonical children’s books such as Charlotte’s Web, Stellaluna, Holes, Tangerine, and The Chocolate War, providing an introduction to an increasingly influential body of difficult work while making the claim that children’s textual encounters are as significant as their existential ones in constituting their subjectivities and giving shape to their desires.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587295867
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 1,013,470
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Karen Coats is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the subject of children's literature 1
1 How to save your life : lessons from a runt pig 15
2 A time to mourn : the loss of the mother 37
3 Mourning into dancing : recuperating the loss of the mother 59
4 Looking glasses and neverlands : beyond the symbolic 77
5 "I never explain anything" : children's literature and sexuation 97
6 Blinded by the white : the responsibilities of race 121
7 Abjection and adolescent fiction : ways out 137
Conclusion : postmoderns at the gates of dawn 161
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