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By Fiona McCulloch

Kid's Literature in Context is a transparent, available and concise advent to kid's literature and its wider contexts. It starts off by means of introducing key matters fascinated by the research of kid's literature and its social, cultural and literary contexts. shut readings of quite often studied texts together with Lewis Carroll's Alice books, the fantastic Wizard of ounces, The Lion, the Witch and the cloth wardrobe, the Harry Potter sequence and the His darkish fabrics trilogy spotlight significant topics and methods of interpreting kid's literature. A bankruptcy on afterlives and diversifications explores a number of wider cultural texts together with the movie diversifications of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass. the ultimate part introduces key serious interpretations from various views on matters together with innocence, gender, delusion, psychoanalysis and beliefs. 'Review, analyzing and examine' sections supply feedback for extra interpreting, dialogue and examine. Introducing texts, contexts and feedback, it is a energetic and up to date source for an individual learning kid's literature.

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While children today are not statistically at any greater threat from such predatory deaths as they were previously, nevertheless the perception of danger is much more heightened now. With market consumption driving the pressure to obtain the latest products, the cost of childhood is certainly economically high, but in terms of the cost of happiness and safety, their protection 27 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN CONTEXT is perhaps even more costly than any financial burden, given the price of their restricted freedom.

A paradox occurs: children are often more internet-skilled than adults and, therefore, more aware of new media trends in the world. On 24 SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT the other hand, their knowledge of the world has become heavily mediated rather than experienced first hand, given the increasing time spent indoors. All of this has led to a sense that childhood is disappearing, while adults are becoming increasingly child-like in their nostalgic desire to preserve their own youth. Examples include the rise in crossover fiction, such as Harry Potter or His Dark Materials or the growing adult interest in Playstation or Wii or Nintendo.

Postman (1994 [1982]: 126) alludes to ‘the rise of the “adultified” child’ concurring with ‘the rise of the “childified” adult’. Rather than placing children in care or shipping them off to the commonwealth, contemporary thinking revolves around maintaining the family. Dysfunctionalism is addressed with the intervention of social workers and various other support networks, but, generally, the dominant view is that the family is the founding fabric of social cohesion. Politicians can constantly be heard talking about ‘hardworking families’ in their manifestos.

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