Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: August 19, 2005
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1134761775
ISBN - 13: 9781134761777
From the Publisher
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.