Children's Literature and British Identity: Imagining a People and a Nation
Children's Literature and British Identity: Imagining a People and a Nation
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Children's Literature and British Identity: Imagining a People and a Nation

  • Publish Date: 2012-04-12
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Rebecca Knuth

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For more than 250 years, English childrens literature has transmitted values to the next generation. The stories convey to children what they should identify with and aspire to, even as notions of goodness change over time. Through reading, children absorb an ethos of Englishness that grounds personal identity and underpins national consciousness. Such authors as Lewis Carroll, J. R. R. Tolkien, and J. K. Rowling have entertained, motivated, confronted social wrongs, and transmitted cultural mores in their worksfunctions previously associated with folklore. Their stories form a new folklore tradition that provides social glue and supports a love of England and English values.

In Childrens Literature and British Identity: Imagining a People and a Nation, Rebecca Knuth follows the development of the genre, focusing on how stories inspire children to adhere to the morals of society. This book examines how this tradition came to fruition, exploring the works of several authors, including:

Robert Baden-Powell
Robert Ballantyne
J. M. Barrie
Enid Blyton
Angela Brazil
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Randolph Caldecott
Lewis Carroll
Roald Dahl
Daniel Defoe
Charles Dickens
Maria Edgeworth
Kenneth Grahame
Kate Greenaway
G. A. Henty
Thomas Hughes
Charles Kingsley
Rudyard Kipling
C.S. Lewis
A. A. Milne
Hannah More
E. Nesbit
John Newbery
George Orwell
Beatrix Potter
Arthur Ransome
Frank Richards
J. K. Rowling
Anna Sewell
Robert Louis Stevenson
J. R. R. Tolkien
P. L. Travers
Sarah Trimmer
Charlotte Yonge

Evaluating the connection between childrens literature and the dissemination and formation of identity, this book will appeal to both general readers and academics who are interested in librarianship, English culture, and childrens literature.


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