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Subversion or socialization? Humor and carnival in Morris Gleitzman's texts

James, Kathryn 2004, Subversion or socialization? Humor and carnival in Morris Gleitzman's texts, Children's literature in education, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 367-379, doi: 10.1007/s10583-004-6418-x.

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Title Subversion or socialization? Humor and carnival in Morris Gleitzman's texts
Author(s) James, Kathryn
Journal name Children's literature in education
Volume number 35
Issue number 4
Start page 367
End page 379
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2004-12
ISSN 0045-6713
1573-1693
Keyword(s) carnival
humor
ideology
Morris Gleitzman
socialization
Summary Like their counterparts elsewhere, Australian children favour humorous novels; comedic writers consistently dominate the preteen and early teen fiction market in Australia. Regardless of its popularity, however, in comparison to more serious writing, humorous literature has received little critical attention. Of the studies aimed at this area, most have tended to concentrate on the various stages of development in childrens preferences for humor, its strategies, forms and appeal, with very few examining the ideological assumptions informing particular texts. Yet, this article argues, humorous books are no less concerned with culture, value and meaning than any other kind of fiction for children. As Morris Gleitzmans texts illustrate, by highlighting the cultural processes involved in the construction of language and meaning, inviting readers to play with ideas about language, social roles and behaviors, and creating characters who act in ways which are oppositional to usual socializing expectations, humorous literature, especially in carnivalized forms, has the potential to problematize unquestioning acceptance of various ideological para-digms, values, social practices and rules.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10583-004-6418-x
Field of Research 200525 Literary Theory
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Springer Science+Business Media Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002497

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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