Winner of the Children’s Literature Association Honor Book Award

This volume establishes a dialogue between East and West in children’s literature scholarship. In all cultures, children’s literature shows a concern to depict identity and individual development, so that character and theme pivot on questions of agency and the circumstances that frame an individual’s decisions and capacities to make choices and act upon them. Such issues of selfhood fall under the heading subjectivity. Attention to the representation of subjectivity in literature enables us to consider how values are formed and changed, how emotions are cultivated, and how maturation is experienced. Because subjectivities emerge in social contexts, they vary from place to place. This book brings together essays by scholars from several Asian countries — Japan, India, Pakistan, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, and The Philippines — to address subjectivities in fiction and film within frameworks that include social change, multiculturalism, post-colonialism, globalization, and glocalization. Few scholars of western children's literature have a ready understanding of what subjectivity entails in children’s literature and film from Asian countries, especially where Buddhist or Confucian thought remains influential. This volume will impact scholarship and pedagogy both within the countries represented and in countries with established traditions in teaching and research, offering a major contribution to the flow of ideas between different academic and educational cultures.

chapter 1|18 pages


The Politics of Identity: A Transcultural Perspective on Subjectivity in Writing for Children

chapter 2|24 pages


The Emergence of Glocal Subjectivities in the Blend of Global, Local, East, and West

chapter 3|16 pages

The Muslima within American Children's Literature

Female Identity and Subjectivity in Novels about Pakistani-Muslim Characters

chapter 4|19 pages

Cooperation and Negotiation

Formation of Subjectivity in Japanese and Australian Picture Books

chapter 6|20 pages

“How Can I Be the Protagonist of My Own Life?”

Intimations of Hope for Teen Subjectivities in Korean Fiction and Film

chapter 8|16 pages

Strong Is Beautiful

A Thai-Thai Happiness

chapter 10|17 pages

All Is Relative, Nothing Is Reliable

Inuyasha and Japanese Subjectivities

chapter 11|15 pages

Strategic Empowerment

A Study of Subjectivity in Contemporary Indian English Children's Fiction

chapter 12|16 pages

Subjectivity without Identity

Huang Chunming's Fiction in Postcolonial Vein