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- DescriptionSince its emergence in the seventeenth century as a distinctive cultural system, children's literature has had a culturally inferior status resulting from its existence in a netherworld between the literary system and the educational system. In addition to its official readership--children--it has to be approved of by adults. Writers for children, explains Zohar Shavit, are constrained to respond to these multiple systems of often mutually contradictory demands. Most writers do t try to bypass these constraints, but accept them as a framework for their work. In the most extreme cases an author may igre one segment of the readership. If the adult reader is igred, the writer risks rejection, as is the case of popular literature. If the writer utilizes the child as a pseudo addressee in order to appeal to an adult audience, the result can be what Shavit terms an ambivalent work. Shavit analyzes the conventions and the moral aims that have structured children's literature, from the fairy tales collected and reworked by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm--in particular, Little Red Riding Hood --through the complex manipulations of Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, to the subversion of the genre's canical requirements in the chapbooks of the eighteenth century, and in the formulaic Nancy Drew books of the twentiethth century. Throughout her study Shavit, explores t only how society has shaped children's literature, but also how society has been reflected in the literary works it produces for its children.
- Author BiographyZohar Shavit is a full professor at the Unit for Culture Research in the School of Culture Research at the Tel-Aviv University. She is the author of ten books, among them: The Literary Life in Eretz-Israel, 1910-1933, The Construction of Hebrew Culture in Eretz Israel, A Past without Shadow, and German-Jewish Literature for Children and Adolescents.
- Author(s)Zohar Shavit
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight281 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine12 mm
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