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Pinocchio Goes Postmodern

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In the first full-length study in English of Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio, the authors show how the checkered history of the puppet illuminates social change from the pre World War One era to the present. The authors argue that most Americans know a trivialized, diluted version of the tale, one such source is Disney's perennial classic. The authors also discover that when adults are introduced to the 'real'story, they often deem it as unsuitable for children. Placing the puppet in a variety of ...

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Pinocchio Goes Postmodern: Perils of a Puppet in the United States

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Overview

In the first full-length study in English of Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio, the authors show how the checkered history of the puppet illuminates social change from the pre World War One era to the present. The authors argue that most Americans know a trivialized, diluted version of the tale, one such source is Disney's perennial classic. The authors also discover that when adults are introduced to the 'real'story, they often deem it as unsuitable for children. Placing the puppet in a variety of contexts, the authors chart the progression of this childhood tale that has frequently undergone dramatic revisions to suit America's idea of children's literature.

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"Pinocchio Goes Postmodern succeeds as an analysis of children's literature and culture, offering an enlightening discussion of how Pinocchio's tale has been diluted and distorted since its arrival in America. Illustrated with pictures from some of the many versions of Pinocchio's adventures, this book should be read by anyone who wants to know where Pinocchio has gone and may be going." —Phillip Nel, Kansas State University, Children's Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815338963
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/27/2002
  • Series: Children's Literature and Culture Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Pinocchio's World and the Search for the Just Community 1
Ch. 2 How Pinocchio Came to America Poor and Friendless, was Beset by Rogues and Villains, Yet Persevered Steadfastly, and by Luck and Pluck, Made a Name for Himself: 1892-1919 30
Ch. 3 Pinocchio's Good Fortune Proceeds Apace, and His Adventures are Known and Celebrated Throughout all the Land: 1920-1929 59
Ch. 4 At the Height of Pinocchio's Renown, Change Intrudes, Pretenders Emerge, and Imposters Seize His Identity: 1930-1940 79
Ch. 5 The Ascension of False Princes: How Pinocchio is Besieged, Embattled, Displaced, and Cast Down: Remembered in Exile by Only a Few, 1940-2000 114
Ch. 6 Pinocchio Perverted, Pinocchio Preserved: Four Early Continuations of the Puppet's Tale 144
Ch. 7 Pinocchio Goes Postmodern - and Adult 165
Ch. 8 W(h)ither Pinocchio? 196
Notes 205
Bibliography 231
Index 247
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