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Wilson observes specific traits in historical fiction written for children — most notably how the notion of positive progress into the future is nuanced differently in this literature in which the concept of progress from the past is inextricably linked to the protagonist’s potential for agency and the realization of subjectivity. The genre consistently manifests a concern with identity construction that in turn informs and influences how a metanarrative of positive progress is played out. This book engages in a discussion of the functionality of the past within the genre and offers an interpretative frame for the sifting out of the present from the past in historical fiction for young readers.
Contents: List of Figures Foreward Acknowledgements Introduction 1: Living History Fiction: A Past to Excite the Senses 2: Perceptions of Reality: Joan Of Arc In Historical Fiction For Young Readers 3: Agentic Heroines: Re-Inscribing Female Selfhood in Historical Fiction for Young Readers 4: Shaping Identities: Constructing National Character in The Scholastic Press Historical Journal Series 5: Memory and Power: Discourses On War in Historical Fiction For Young Readers 6: Re-writing the Past: An Historical Multicultural Australia? Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index