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Power of darkness : narrative and biographical reflexivity in "A series of unfortunate events"

Bullen, Elizabeth 2008, Power of darkness : narrative and biographical reflexivity in "A series of unfortunate events", International research in children's literature, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 200-212.

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Title Power of darkness : narrative and biographical reflexivity in "A series of unfortunate events"
Formatted title Power of darkness : narrative and biographical reflexivity in A series of unfortunate events
Author(s) Bullen, Elizabeth
Journal name International research in children's literature
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 200
End page 212
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 1755-6198
1755-6201
Keyword(s) reflexivity
metafiction
power
knowledge
resilience
risk
Lemony Snicket
Summary This paper investigates the high-earning children's series, A Series of Unfortunate Events, in relation to the skills young people require to survive and thrive in what Ulrich Beck calls risk society. Children's textual culture has been traditionally informed by assumptions about childhood happiness and the need to reassure young readers that the world is safe. The genre is consequently vexed by adult anxiety about children's exposure to certain kinds of knowledge. This paper discusses the implications of the representation of adversity in the Lemony Snicket series via its subversions of the conventions of children's fiction and metafictional strategies. Its central claim is that the self-consciousness or self-reflexivity of A Series of Unfortunate Events} models one of the forms of reflexivity children need to be resilient in the face of adversity and to empower them to undertake the biographical project risk society requires of them.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Edinburgh University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017597

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