Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature

by Margery Hourihan

Taylor and Francis | August 19, 2005 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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This book sets out to explore the structure and meanings within the most popular of all literary genres - the adventure story. Deconstructing the Hero offers analytical readings of some of the most widely read adventure stories such as Treasure Island , the James Bond stories and Star Wars. The book describes how adventure stories are influential in shaping children's perception and establishing values.
When many of these stories define non-white, non-European people as inferior, and women as marginal or incapable, we should be worried about what they are teaching our children to think. Margery Hourihan shows how teaching children to read books critically can help to prevent the establishment of negative attitudes, discourage aggression and promote values of emotion and creativity.

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Published: August 19, 2005

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1134761775

ISBN - 13: 9781134761777

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Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature

by Margery Hourihan

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: August 19, 2005

Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1134761775

ISBN - 13: 9781134761777

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This book sets out to explore the structure and meanings within the most popular of all literary genres - the adventure story. Deconstructing the Hero offers analytical readings of some of the most widely read adventure stories such as Treasure Island , the James Bond stories and Star Wars. The book describes how adventure stories are influential in shaping children's perception and establishing values.
When many of these stories define non-white, non-European people as inferior, and women as marginal or incapable, we should be worried about what they are teaching our children to think. Margery Hourihan shows how teaching children to read books critically can help to prevent the establishment of negative attitudes, discourage aggression and promote values of emotion and creativity.
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