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Picturing Australian history: visual texts in nonfiction for children

Bradford, Clare 2003, Picturing Australian history: visual texts in nonfiction for children, in Presence of the past in children's literature, Praeger, Westport, Conn., pp.99-105.

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Title Picturing Australian history: visual texts in nonfiction for children
Author(s) Bradford, Clare
Title of book Presence of the past in children's literature
Editor(s) Lawson, Ann
Publication date 2003
Chapter number 11
Total chapters 22
Start page 99
End page 105
Total pages 7
Publisher Praeger
Place of Publication Westport, Conn.
Summary Time is one of the most prominent themes in the relatively young genre of children's literature, for the young, like adults, want to know about the past. The historical novel of the West grew out of Romanticism, with its exploration of the inner world of feeling, and it grew to full vigor in the era of imperialism and the exploration of the physical world. From the end of the 18th century, children's books flourished, partly in response to these cultural and political influences. After Darwin, Freud, and Einstein, literary works began to grapple with skepticism about the nature of time itself. This book explores how children's writers have presented the theme and concept of time past. While the book looks primarily at literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, it considers a broad range of historical material treated in works from that period. Included are discussions of such topics as Joan of Arc in children's literature, the legacy of Robinson Crusoe, colonial and postcolonial children's literature, the Holocaust, and the supernatural. International in scope, the volume examines history and collective memory in Portuguese children's fiction, Australian history in picture books, Norwegian children's literature, and literary treatments of the great Irish famine. So too, the expert contributors are from diverse countries and backgrounds.
Notes Prepared under the auspices of the International Research Society for Children's Literature
ISBN 0313324832
9780313324833
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2003, Praeger Publishers
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