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Children's literature in a global age : transnational and local identities

Bradford, Clare 2011, Children's literature in a global age : transnational and local identities, Nordic journal of childlit aesthetics, vol. 2, pp. 20-34.

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Title Children's literature in a global age : transnational and local identities
Author(s) Bradford, Clare
Journal name Nordic journal of childlit aesthetics
Volume number 2
Start page 20
End page 34
Total pages 15
Publisher Co-Action Publishing
Place of publication Sweden
Publication date 2011
ISSN 2000-7493
Keyword(s) culture
ethnicity
children's publishing
postcolonialism
politics
migration
diaspora
Summary This essay explores the concept of transnationalism, defi ning this term in relation both to the lived experience of transnational subjects, and to transnational texts for children. It argues that rhetorics of globalization have over-emphasized the impact and signifi cance of global cultural and economic fl ows, although the production of children’s books is to some extent shaped by the internationalization of publishing houses and markets. The concept of transnationalism provides a way of thinking about how children’s texts address and are informed by diverse, complex infl uences, sometimes from a variety of cultures and languages. Transnationalism is not a new phenomenon but is visible in colonial texts which are shaped both by the particular, local ideologies of colonial nations, and also by the common concerns and interests of such nations. The essay draws on two contemporary texts to illustrate the workings of transnationalism: the fi lm Howl’s Moving Castle, and Shaun Tan’s picture book The Arrival. It concludes by considering the concept of transnational literacy as a way of approaching scholarship and teaching in children’s literature.
Notes Reproduced with kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Co-Action Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036848

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