Made in New Zealand: place and enchantment in Margaret Mahy's picture books

Bradford, Clare 2014, Made in New Zealand: place and enchantment in Margaret Mahy's picture books, Children's literature association quarterly, vol. 39, no. 1, Spring, pp. 111-120, doi: 10.1353/chq.2014.0008.

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Title Made in New Zealand: place and enchantment in Margaret Mahy's picture books
Author(s) Bradford, ClareORCID iD for Bradford, Clare
Journal name Children's literature association quarterly
Volume number 39
Issue number 1
Season Spring
Start page 111
End page 120
Total pages 10
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Place of publication Baltimore, Maryland
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0885-0429
Keyword(s) Margaret Mahy
picture books
New Zealand
Summary Margaret Mahy published over a hundred picture books from A Lion in the Meadow in 1969 to a cluster of posthumous texts. This article considers the extent to which Mahy’s picture books can be said to have been “made in New Zealand,” given that most have been illustrated by artists from other countries, particularly Britain. Mahy’s picture book narratives are, I argue, informed by values, assumptions and orientations toward the natural world which subtly but unmistakably locate protagonists in New Zealand, even when the books’ illustrations reflect British, American or Canadian geographic and cultural settings. In this sense Mahy’s picture books are transnational products, traversing national and cultural boundaries.
Language eng
DOI 10.1353/chq.2014.0008
Field of Research 200505 New Zealand Literature (excl Maori Literature)
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Johns Hopkins University Press
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