ABSTRACT

This book explores the meaning of nation or nationalism in children’s literature and how it constructs and represents different national experiences. The contributors discuss diverse aspects of children’s literature and film from interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches, ranging from the short story and novel to science fiction and fantasy from a range of locations including Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Norway, America, Italy, Great Britain, Iceland, Africa, Japan, South Korea, India, Sweden and Greece. The emergence of modern nation-states can be seen as coinciding with the historical rise of children’s literature, while stateless or diasporic nations have frequently formulated their national consciousness and experience through children’s literature, both instructing children as future citizens and highlighting how ideas of childhood inform the discourses of nation and citizenship. Because nation and childhood are so intimately connected, it is crucial for critics and scholars to shed light on how children’s literatures have constructed and represented historically different national experiences. At the same time, given the massive political and demographic changes in the world since the nineteenth century and the formation of nation states, it is also crucial to evaluate how the national has been challenged by changing national languages through globalization, international commerce, and the rise of English. This book discusses how the idea of childhood pervades the rhetoric of nation and citizenship, and how children and childhood are represented across the globe through literature and film.

chapter |8 pages

First Things—Introduction

ByCHRISTOPHER (KIT) KELEN AND BJÖRN SUNDMARK

part |2 pages

Part I The Child and the Nation-Lessons in Citizenship

part |2 pages

Part III Nations Before and Within

part |2 pages

Part IV Empire, Globalization, and Cosmopolitan Consciousness

chapter 11|14 pages

Writing and Righting History: Henty’s Nation

ByLAURA JONES

chapter 12|18 pages

Empire and Nation in the Lifework of Arthur Mee

ByCHRISTOPHER (KIT) KELEN

chapter 13|14 pages

International Classic Characters and National Ideologies: Alice and Pinocchio in Greece

ByPETROS PANAOU, TASOULA TSILIMENI

part |2 pages

Part V Childhood as Nation Imagined—Once Upon a Time to Be

chapter 14|14 pages

Medievalism and Nationhood in Children’s Literature

ByCLARE BRADFORD

chapter 15|12 pages

Set in Stone: Runes, Nation, Childhood

ByBJÖRN SUNDMARK