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Affect, Emotion, and Children's Literature: Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults (Paperback)
  • Affect, Emotion, and Children's Literature: Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults (Paperback)

Affect, Emotion, and Children's Literature: Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults (Paperback)

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Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 21/05/2019
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This volume explores the relationship between representation, affect, and emotion in texts for children and young adults. It demonstrates how texts for young people function as tools for emotional socialisation, enculturation, and political persuasion. The collection provides an introduction to this emerging field and engages with the representation of emotions, ranging from shame, grief, and anguish to compassion and happiness, as psychological and embodied states and cultural constructs with ideological significance. It also explores the role of narrative empathy in relation to emotional socialisation and to the ethics of representation in relation to politics, social justice, and identity categories including gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality. Addressing a range of genres, including advice literature, novels, picture books, and film, this collection examines contemporary, historical, and canonical children's and young adult literature to highlight the variety of approaches to emotion and affect in these texts and to consider the ways in which these approaches offer new perspectives on these texts. The individual chapters apply a variety of theoretical approaches and perspectives, including cognitive poetics, narratology, and poststructuralism, to the analysis of affect and emotion in children's and young adult literature.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780367346416
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


"What has been needed is a key text that readers can depend on to give them an overview of the potential of the 'affective turn' in theory - and this edited collection fills that gap." --David Rudd, Director of NCRCL, University of Roehampton, UK

"Within the context of children's culture, Affect, Emotion, and Children's Literature offers scholars a sophisticated synthesis of those cognitive theories involved with emotions and how they are deployed. The essays in this volume demonstrate how children and teenagers learn emotionology through the texts they experience-and even more important, these essays provide clear evidence of the important role children's literature can play in providing data for researchers interested in the connection between children, their reading, and emotional development." --Roberta Seelinger Trites, English, Illinois State University, USA

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