New World Orders In Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations by C. BradfordNew World Orders In Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations by C. Bradford

New World Orders In Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations

byC. Bradford, K. Mallan, J. Stephens

Paperback | March 13, 2008

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This book demonstrates how contemporary children's texts draw on utopian and dystopian tropes in their projections of possible futures. The authors explore the ways in which children's texts respond to social change and global politics. The book argues that children's texts are crucially implicated in shaping the values of their readers.
CLARE BRADFORD is Professor of Literature at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She works in children's literature, focusing on postcolonial theory and texts. Her 2001 bookReading Racewon both the ChLA Book Award and also the IRSCL Award. Her most recent book isUnsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature...
Title:New World Orders In Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian TransformationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:213 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.52 inPublished:March 13, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230308562

ISBN - 13:9780230308565

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements A New World Order or a New Dark Age? Children's Texts, New World Orders and Transformative Possibilities Masters, Slaves and Entrepreneurs: Globalised Utopias and New World Order(ing)s The Lure of the Lost Paradise: Postcolonial Utopias Reweaving Nature and Culture: Reading Ecocritically 'Radiant with possibility': Communities and Utopianism Ties that Bind: Reconceptualising Home and Family The Struggle to be Human in a Posthuman World Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

"Every now and then a book comes along that changes a discipline: New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature steps out of the groove of debates in Children's Literature Studies and sets in motion a set of new ideas and areas for consideration. It draws attention to the way narrative fictions for children are implicated in shaping current thinking and aspirations for the future, and relates them to pressing issues and current political and philosophical debates. Crucially, this is an energising, optimistic and courageous book by four fine scholars; it will set new agendas for those who produce and study children's literature." -- Professor Kimberley Reynolds, Newcastle University, UK "A well modulated, coherent monograph which reveals the strengths of all the contributors. The care that has been taken in the editing phase to create the sense of a unified vantage point is worthy of praise in its own right." -- Lydia Kokkola, International Research Society for Children's Literature