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Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature
Children's books seek to assist children to understand themselves and their world. Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature demonstrates how settler-society texts position child readers as citizens of postcolonial nations, how they represent the colonial past to modern readers, what they propose about race relations, and how they conceptualize ...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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This is a very useful treatment of children's books from what Bradford defines as settler cultures, focusing on the treatment of Indigenous people. She uses that term as one that can refer to many different groups--Native Americans, First Nations, Aborigines, Maori--and brings out the similarities between otherwise different cultures in North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Several examples support her argument that traditional stories are best retold by authors from the culture: authors wh ...more
Clare Bradford is a professor of literary studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, where she teaches and researches mainly children’s literature. Her 2001 book, Reading Race: Aboriginality in Australian Children’s Literature, won both the Children’s Literature Association Book Award and the IRSCL Award of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature. Clare Bradford’s p ...more
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