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(Re)imagining the World

Children's literature's response to changing times

Wu, Yan, Mallan, Kerry, McGillis, Roderick (Eds.)

2014, XVII, 157 p. 1 illus.

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  • Combines for the first time two important fields – creativity and children’s literature
  • Cross-cultural perspectives to the key issues to creative education and children’s literature
  • Futures orientation to creativity, artistry, and problem solving for learning and research

(Re)Imagining the world: Children’s Literature’s Response to Changing Times considers

how writers of fiction for children imagine ‘the world’, not one universal world, but

different worlds: imaginary, strange, familiar, even monstrous worlds. The chapters

in this collection discuss how fiction for children engages with some of the changes

brought about by new technologies, information literacy, consumerism, migration,

politics, different family structures, cosmopolitanism, and new and old monsters. They also

invite us to think about how memory shapes our understanding of the past, and how

fiction engages our emotions, our capacity to empathize, our desire to discover,

and what the future may hold. The contributors bring different perspectives from

education, postcolonial studies, literary criticism, cultural studies, childhood studies,

postmodernism, and the social sciences. With a wide coverage of texts from different

countries, and scholarly and lively discussions, this collection is itself a testament to

the power of the human imagination and the significance of children’s literature in the

education of young people.

 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » children’s literature - creative education - creativity - learning

Related subjects » Education & Language

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