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The Outside Child, In and Out of the Book (Hardback)
  • The Outside Child, In and Out of the Book (Hardback)

The Outside Child, In and Out of the Book (Hardback)

Hardback 216 Pages / Published: 05/11/2007
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The Outside Child, In and Out of the Book is situated at the intersection between children's literature studies and childhood studies. In this provocative book, Christine Wilkie-Stibbs juxtaposes the narratives of literary and actual children/young adults to explore how Western culture has imagined, defined, and dealt with their outsider status - whether orphaned, homeless, refugee, victims of abuse, or exploited - and how processes of economic, social, or political impoverishment are sustained and naturalized in regimes of power, authority, and domination.

In five chapters titled: "Outsider," "Displaced," "Erased," "Abject," "Unattached," and "Colonized," the book situates and repositions a range of pre- and post-millennium children's/young adult fictions, autobiographies, policy documents, and reports in the current climate of rabid globalization, new "out-group" definitions, and prescribed normativity. Children's/young adult fictions considered include: Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses trilogy; Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Jacqueline Wilson's The Illustrated Mum; Shyam Selvadurai's Funny Boy; Ann Provoost's Falling; Meg Rosoff's, How I Live Now; Elizabeth Laird's A Little Piece of Ground. Autobiographical works include Zlata Filipovic's Zlata's Diary; Kevin Lewis's The Kid; Latifa's My Forbidden Face; and Valerie Zenatti's When I Was a Soldier.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415978002
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


"...a valuable addition to resources for teaching and studying texts about and for the young." - IRSCL

"Provocative, dense with ideas and very readable... its examination of specific narrative strategies in children's literature concerned with outsiderness make this a valuable addition to the body of research in children's literature and childhood studies." --Phyllis Ramage, Wasafiri, No. 60, Winter 2009

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