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作者 Lefebvre, Benjamin
書名 Ambivalence, belonging, citizenship: Ideology and the represented child in twentieth-century Canadian fiction in English
國際標準書號 9780494282304
book jacket
說明 234 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 68-06, Section: A, page: 2461
Thesis (Ph.D.)--McMaster University (Canada), 2006
In my doctoral dissertation, I use reader-response theory to gauge the ideological potential of the child figure in a number of Canadian texts---two for children (Diana Wieler's Bad Boy [1989], Brian Payton's Hail Mary Corner [2001]), two for adults (John Marlyn's Under the Ribs of Death [1957], Joy Kogawa's Obasan [1981]), and one whose target audience is open to debate (L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables [1908]). Given that several strands of scholarship on children's literature highlight the didactic, manipulative undercurrent in works within the genre as well as the tendency to create versions of childhood that are more idealized than the experiences of most actual children, one of the most pressing concerns opened up by this research is whether texts featuring child protagonists but intended for older readers attempt to manipulate that audience of readers in similar ways, or what function these protagonists might serve on a larger, allegorical level. Focusing specifically on the moment of transition from innocence to experience, my dissertation examines the ways that this figure is used as an ideological vehicle to explore anxieties surrounding shifting perceptions of citizenship and belonging in shifting cultural contexts. The texts that inform this study use a protagonist's coming-of-age to invite their implied readers to either maintain or rebel against normative ideologies related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, language, and nation
School code: 0197
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 68-06A
主題 Literature, Canadian (English)
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Alt Author McMaster University (Canada)
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