Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature by Clare BradfordUnsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature by Clare Bradford

Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature

byClare Bradford

Paperback | April 26, 2007

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Children’s books seek to assist children to understand themselves and their world. Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children’s Literature demonstrates how settler-society texts position child readers as citizens of postcolonial nations, how they represent the colonial past to modern readers, what they propose about race relations, and how they conceptualize systems of power and government.

Clare Bradford focuses on texts produced since 1980 in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand and includes picture books, novels, and films by Indigenous and non-Indigenous publishers and producers. From extensive readings, the author focuses on key works to produce a thorough analysis rather than a survey. Unsettling Narratives opens up an area of scholarship and discussion—the use of postcolonial theories—relatively new to the field of children’s literature and demonstrates that many texts recycle the colonial discourses naturalized within mainstream cultures.

Clare Bradford is a professor of literary studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, where she teaches and researches mainly children’s literature. Her 2001 book, Reading Race: Aboriginality in Australian Children’s Literature, won both the Children’s Literature Association Book Award and the IRSCL Award of the Internationa...
Title:Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.98 × 6.03 × 0.72 inPublished:April 26, 2007Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889205078

ISBN - 13:9780889205079

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children’s Literature by Claire Bradford


Part One
“When Languages Collide”: Resistance and Representation

1. Language, Resistance, and Subjectivity

2. Indigenous Texts and Publishers

3. White Imaginings

4. Telling the Past

Part Two
Place and Postcolonial Significations

5. Space, Time, Nation

6. Borders, Journeys, and Liminality

7. Politics and Place

8. Allegories of Place and Race



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Editorial Reviews

``Provides an in-depth view of what children's and young adult books tell readers about native populations, immigration, race relationships, and the development of nations, and what they have to say about the place of these Native peoples in today's societies.... [D]efinitely...useful...for assuring the accurate portrayal of indigenous cultures in the library and the classroom by recognizing the political implications of these portrayals.'' - Janet Hilbun - School Library Journal, February 1, 2008 - 200802