By Clare Bradford
Children’s books search to help kids to appreciate themselves and their international. Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children’s Literature demonstrates how settler-society texts place baby readers as voters of postcolonial international locations, how they symbolize the colonial previous to trendy readers, what they suggest approximately race family members, and the way they conceptualize structures of strength and government.
Clare Bradford makes a speciality of texts produced when you consider that 1980 in Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand and contains photo books, novels, and movies through Indigenous and non-Indigenous publishers and manufacturers. From broad readings, the writer makes a speciality of key works to provide a radical research instead of a survey. Unsettling Narratives opens up a space of scholarship and discussionthe use of postcolonial theoriesrelatively new to the sector of children’s literature and demonstrates that many texts recycle the colonial discourses naturalized inside mainstream cultures.
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Extra info for Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children’s Literature
Although Terdiman’s work focuses on French literature of the nineteenth century, his treatment of counter-discourse has been useful to postcolonial theory11 because it demonstrates both how dominant discourses retain their dominance, and how symbolic resistance occurs. Michel Foucault characterizes discourse as incorporating “relations of power, not relations of meaning,”12 and the implication of this view of discourse is that language does not merely represent and embody opposing meanings, but that the struggle for power is a struggle over language.
The transparent cynicism with which they carry out their roles is 28 When Languages Collide figure 2 Illustration from A Coyote Columbus Story, by Thomas King and William Kent Monkman. Illustration copyright © 1992 by William Kent Monkman, reproduced by permission of Douglas & McIntyre. Language, Resistance, and Subjectivity 29 played as a theatrical double-entendre that shows Columbus simultaneously as a comical and a sinister ﬁgure, to be both laughed at and feared. Despite their capacity to shock readers into realizing the contingency of dominant discourses, counter-discursive textual strategies sometimes traverse a ﬁne line between subversion and an uneasy complicity.
62 The fact that individual subjectivity is situated within a sociopolitical context in Owl means that the interpersonal relations between the siblings Hamish, Tod, and Kirsten MacIntyre, and Tama Mitchell, a ﬁfteen-year-old Maori boy, are imbued with questions about race relations. The focalizer of the narrative is Hamish MacIntyre, and Maori characters and culture are represented through his eyes, tracing his shift from apathy about colonial history to a dawning realization of the consequences of colonization to the Indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand: “[Hamish] was beginning to see what it must’ve felt like.
Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children’s Literature by Clare Bradford