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- DescriptionItalian children's literature has a diverse and unusual tradition of fantasy. With the exception of Carlo Collodi's Picchio, however, it has remained almost entirely unkwn outside of Italy. Why is it that Italian children's fantasy has remained such a well-kept secret? How 'international' is the term 'fantasy', and to what extent has its development been influenced by local as well as global factors? Cross-cultural and cross-linguistic research into this neglected area is essential if we are to enrich our understanding of this important literary genre. This book charts the history and evolution of Italian children's fantasy, from its first appearance in the 1870s to the present day. It traces the structural and thematic progression of the genre in Italy and situates this development against the changing backdrop of Italian culture, society and politics. The author argues that ever since the foundation of Italy as a nation-state the Italian people have been actively involved in an ongoing process of identity formation and that the development of children's fantasy texts has been inextricably intertwined with sociopolitical and cultural imperatives.
- Author BiographyLindsay Myers lectures in Italian and children's literature at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests include nineteenth and twentieth-century Italian children's literature and culture, fantasy literature, comparative children's literature and children's film.
- Author(s)Lindsay Myers
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/11/2011
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published2011
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight390 g
- Width150 mm
- Height225 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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