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Making difference SUPER : a critical approach to the politics of celebrity-authored children's books

Venzo, Paul 2010, Making difference SUPER : a critical approach to the politics of celebrity-authored children's books, Journal of children's literature studies, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 98-113.

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Title Making difference SUPER : a critical approach to the politics of celebrity-authored children's books
Author(s) Venzo, PaulORCID iD for Venzo, Paul orcid.org/0000-0002-3140-9832
Journal name Journal of children's literature studies
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 98
End page 113
Total pages 16
Publisher Pied Piper Publishing
Place of publication Lichfield, England
Publication date 2010-11
ISSN 1743-0526
Summary Recent years have seen a flood of celebrity-authored children’s books enter the children’s literature marketplace. This paper tracks the evolution of this phenomenon as it pertains to contemporary celebrity culture, and responds to the question: what are the embedded messages about identity at play in such texts? The key contention here is that these works endorse celebrity as the most desirable identity category for the children of the new millennium, going so far as to position difference as a commodity to be traded in the quest for fame. Using critical theory around celebrity culture, and through a close reading of a short celebrity-authored picture book, this paper demonstrates that far from being innocuous pieces of popular culture, such books beckon children into a world that increasingly values visibility and stardom above all else.
Language eng
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Pied Piper Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035949

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