The Voice of the Narrator in Children s Literature

Examining the voice of the narrator can identify hitherto unexplored and unrecognized aspects of children's literature. The essays in this collection were contributed by noted authors and critics.


Author: Professor Gary D Schmidt

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UCSC:32106008705482

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 414

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As Otten and Schmidt note in their preface, voice is a broad metaphor. Thus the 41 essays in this collection provide varied approaches, examining point of view, focus, selection of details, tone, and even illustrations as part of the narrative identity. Eight genres, including picture books, fantasy, realism, and biography, receive separate study in generally brief articles by writers and more substantial analyses by critics. . . . In her contribution, Jill Paton Walsh describes contemporary criticism as an `impenetrable thicket of technical terms.' In most cases, the critics here avoid jargon. They speak clearly, offering practical criticsm accessible to anyone seriously concerned about narrative technique in children's literature. Choice Although children's literature is now a recognized branch of English and American literature, much of the criticism of it has focused on teaching methodology, history, and basic exposition. Since children's books are no less a part of the literary tradition than adult books, there is room for new approaches to children's literature. While the importance of the voice of the narrator is emerging in criticism of adult fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, little has been written about this subject in children's literature. Examining the voice of the narrator can identify hitherto unexplored and unrecognized aspects of children's literature. The essays in this collection were contributed by noted authors and critics. Their inquiry is divided into eight genres--the illustrated book, folk literature and myth, fantasy, realism, poetry, historical fiction, biography, and informational books--and each genre is discussed in terms of the authorial voice and the critical voice. Each of the essays works toward an understanding of how the voice of the narrator functions in a given work or in the larger corpus of an author's work. The result is not only a greater understanding of how specific authors shape their material and how authors use voice for particular effects, but also how the narrator differs functionally from one genre to the next. This unique essay collection is particularly suited for use in children's literature courses. Because the contributors are some of the most significant authors and critics in children's literature in English, it should also be part of any academic library's holdings in the criticism of children's literature in particular and literary criticism in general.

Narrator s Voice


Author: Barbara Wall

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349211098

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 292

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Comparative Children s Literature

voice can also be identified on another discursive level, on the level of the narration itself as a voice dislocated from the voice of the narrator of the source text, which it usually mimics. This specific voice, hitherto unrecognized ...


Author: Emer O'Sullivan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134404858

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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WINNER OF THE 2007 CHLA BOOK AWARD! Children's literature has transcended linguistic and cultural borders since books and magazines for young readers were first produced, with popular books translated throughout the world. Emer O'Sullivan traces the history of comparative children's literature studies, from the enthusiastic internationalism of the post-war period – which set out from the idea of a supra-national world republic of childhood – to modern comparative criticism. Drawing on the scholarship and children's literature of many cultures and languages, she outlines the constituent areas that structure the field, including contact and transfer studies, intertextuality studies, intermediality studies and image studies. In doing so, she provides the first comprehensive overview of this exciting new research area. Comparative Children's Literature also links the fields of narratology and translation studies, to develop an original and highly valuable communicative model of translation. Taking in issues of children's 'classics', the canon and world literature for children, Comparative Children's Literature reveals that this branch of literature is not as genuinely international as it is often fondly assumed to be and is essential reading for those interested in the consequences of globalization on children's literature and culture.

Translating Children s Literature

A translator attempting to take on the voice of a young child narrator needs to bear in mind ways in which an author ... a literary one: in other words child narrators have stylized voices that convince without actually being authentic.


Author: Gillian Lathey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317621317

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 172

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Translating Children’s Literature is an exploration of the many developmental and linguistic issues related to writing and translating for children, an audience that spans a period of enormous intellectual progress and affective change from birth to adolescence. Lathey looks at a broad range of children’s literature, from prose fiction to poetry and picture books. Each of the seven chapters addresses a different aspect of translation for children, covering: · Narrative style and the challenges of translating the child’s voice; · The translation of cultural markers for young readers; · Translation of the modern picture book; · Dialogue, dialect and street language in modern children’s literature; · Read-aloud qualities, wordplay, onomatopoeia and the translation of children’s poetry; · Retranslation, retelling and reworking; · The role of translation for children within the global publishing and translation industries. This is the first practical guide to address all aspects of translating children’s literature, featuring extracts from commentaries and interviews with published translators of children’s literature, as well as examples and case studies across a range of languages and texts. Each chapter includes a set of questions and exercises for students. Translating Children’s Literature is essential reading for professional translators, researchers and students on courses in translation studies or children’s literature.

Ethics and Children s Literature

text and how the author uses it to accomplish the communicative purposes of the narrative. ... whether that be the voice of the narrator or the voice of an implied author behind the narrator, will embrace us in a children's book [and, ...


Author: Claudia Mills

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317141402

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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Exploring the ethical questions posed by, in, and about children’s literature, this collection examines the way texts intended for children raise questions of value, depict the moral development of their characters, and call into attention shared moral presuppositions. The essays in Part I look at various past attempts at conveying moral messages to children and interrogate their underlying assumptions. What visions of childhood were conveyed by explicit attempts to cultivate specific virtues in children? What unstated cultural assumptions were expressed by growing resistance to didacticism? How should we prepare children to respond to racism in their books and in their society? Part II takes up the ethical orientations of various classic and contemporary texts, including 'prosaic ethics' in the Hundred Acre Wood, moral discernment in Narnia, ethical recognition in the distant worlds traversed by L’Engle, and virtuous transgression in recent Anglo-American children’s literature and in the emerging children’s literature of 1960s Taiwan. Part III’s essays engage in ethical criticism of arguably problematic messages about our relationship to nonhuman animals, about war, and about prejudice. The final section considers how we respond to children’s literature with ethically focused essays exploring a range of ways in which child readers and adult authorities react to children’s literature. Even as children’s literature has evolved in opposition to its origins in didactic Sunday school tracts and moralizing fables, authors, parents, librarians, and scholars remain sensitive to the values conveyed to children through the texts they choose to share with them.

Kipling s Children s Literature

Children in Culture (London: Macmillan, 1998): 1-28. , 'Children's Literature: New Approaches', ... The Voice of the Narrator in Children's Literature: Insights from Writers and Critics (New York and London: Greenwood Press, ...


Author: Dr Sue Walsh

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409475927

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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Despite Kipling's popularity as an author and his standing as a politically controversial figure, much of his work has remained relatively unexamined due to its characterization as 'children's literature'. Sue Walsh challenges the apparently clear division between 'children's' and 'adult' literature, and poses important questions about how these strict categories have influenced critical work on Kipling and on literature in general. For example, why are some of Kipling's books viewed as children's literature, and what critical assumptions does this label produce? Why is it that Kim is viewed by critics as transcending attempts at categorization? Using Kipling as a case study, Walsh discusses texts such as Kim, The Jungle Books, the Just-So Stories, Puck of Pook's Hill, and Rewards and Fairies, re-evaluating earlier critical approaches and offering fresh readings of these relatively neglected works. In the process, she suggests new directions for postcolonial and childhood studies and interrogates the way biographical criticism on children's literature in particular has tended to supersede and obstruct other kinds of readings.

Radical Children s Literature

'Narrative Voice in Young Readers' Fictions about Nazism, the Holocaust, and Nuclear War' in Charlotte F. Otten and Gary D. Schmidt (eds) The Voice of the Narrator in Children's Literature: Insights from Writers and Critics.


Author: K. Reynolds

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230206205

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 215

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This book reappraises the place of children's literature, showing it to be a creative space where writers and illustrators try out new ideas about books, society, and narratives in an age of instant communication and multi-media. It looks at the stories about the world and young people; the interaction with changing childhoods and new technologies.

Infant Tongues

The essays cover problems in imitation of speech and dialect, uses of narrative voice, creative development of child writers, and shifting cultural conceptions of childhood, illustrating the way children's voices have often been mediated, ...


Author: Elizabeth Goodenough

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814324312

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 331

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This work examines the representation of children in literature from the Renaissance to the present. It covers texts written in English, French, German, Russian and Hebrew, and looks at the evolution of the child's voice and consciousness in adult and juvenile fiction, and in writing by children.

Handbook of Research on Children s and Young Adult Literature

“Letters,” New York Times Book Review, p. 37. Lester, J. (1989). The storyteller's voice: Reflections on the rewriting of Uncle Remus. In C. Otten & G.D. Schmidt (Eds.), The voice of the narrator in children's literature: Insights from ...


Author: Shelby Wolf

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136913563

Category: Education

Page: 568

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This landmark volume is the first to bring together leading scholarship on children’s and young adult literature from three intersecting disciplines: Education, English, and Library and Information Science. Distinguished by its multidisciplinary approach, it describes and analyzes the different aspects of literary reading, texts, and contexts to illuminate how the book is transformed within and across different academic figurations of reading and interpreting children’s literature. Part one considers perspectives on readers and reading literature in home, school, library, and community settings. Part two introduces analytic frames for studying young adult novels, picturebooks, indigenous literature, graphic novels, and other genres. Chapters include commentary on literary experiences and creative production from renowned authors and illustrators. Part three focuses on the social contexts of literary study, with chapters on censorship, awards, marketing, and literary museums. The singular contribution of this Handbook is to lay the groundwork for colleagues across disciplines to redraw the map of their separately figured worlds, thus to enlarge the scope of scholarship and dialogue as well as push ahead into uncharted territory.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory

Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 28 (1). Higonnet, Margaret R. (1987) 'Narrative Fractures and Fragments', Children's Literature, 15, 37—54. McGillis, Rod (1991) 'The Embrace: Narrative Voice and Children's Books', ...


Author: David HERMAN

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134458400

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 720

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The past several decades have seen an explosion of interest in narrative, with this multifaceted object of inquiry becoming a central concern in a wide range of disciplinary fields and research contexts. As accounts of what happened to particular people in particular circumstances and with specific consequences, stories have come to be viewed as a basic human strategy for coming to terms with time, process, and change. However, the very predominance of narrative as a focus of interest across multiple disciplines makes it imperative for scholars, teachers, and students to have access to a comprehensive reference resource.