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Bradford, Clare 2003, Editorial, Papers : explorations into children's literature, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 3-4.

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Title Editorial
Author(s) Bradford, Clare
Journal name Papers : explorations into children's literature
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 3
End page 4
Publisher Magpies Magazines
Place of publication Victoria Park, W.A.
Publication date 2003-08
ISSN 1034-9243
1837-4530
Summary This issue of Papers presents four essays canvassing a diverse range of theoretical and textual interests. Beverley Pennell’s ‘Ozzie Kids Flee the Garden of Delight: Reconfigurations of Childhood in Australian Children’s Fictions’ tracks shifts in how childhood is conceptualised in contemporary Australian fiction for children, using as focus texts Joanne Horniman’s Sand Monkeys and Odo Hirsch’s trilogy of ‘Hazel Green’ books. This essay argues that cultural discourses around children and childhood have shifted from an emphasis on adulthood and childhood as distinct and separate domains of experience, and from the idealisation of childhood as it manifested in Romantic textuality, to a blurring of boundaries between children and adults. In Australian texts, Pennell sees this shift as incorporating an increasing democratisation of power relations between adults and children, and an appreciation of the diversity of child populations. This essay invites comparative studies which explore the extent to which representations of childhood in Australian texts are similar to those evident in other national literatures for children.
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Language eng
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30012851

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