Contemporary English-Language Indian Children’s Literature

Contemporary English-Language Indian Children’s Literature

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Concurrent with increasing scholarly attention toward national childrena€™s literatures, Contemporary English-language Indian Childrena€™s Literature explores an emerging body of work that has thus far garnered little serious critical attention. Superle critically examines the ways Indian childrena€™s writers have represented childhood in relation to the Indian nation, Indian cultural identity, and Indian girlhood. From a framework of postcolonial and feminist theories, childrena€™s novels published between 1988 and 2008 in India are compared with those from the United Kingdom and North America from the same period, considering the differing ideologies and the current textual constructions of childhood at play in each. Broadly, Superle contends that over the past twenty years an aspirational view of childhood has developed in this literaturea€”a view that positions children as powerful participants in the project of enabling positive social transformation. Her main argument, formed after recognizing several overarching thematic and structural patterns in more than one hundred texts, is that the novels comprise an aspirational literature with a transformative agenda: they imagine apparently empowered child characters who perform in diverse ways in the process of successfully creating and shaping the ideal Indian nation, their own well-adjusted bicultural identities in the diaspora, and/or their own empowered girlhoods. Michelle Superle is a Professor in the department of Communications at Okanagan College. She has taught childrena€™s literature, composition, and creative writing courses at various Canadian universities and has published articles in Papers and IRCL.a€œChildrena#39;s Literature in India: The Changing Trends.a€ Telling Tales: Childrena#39;s ... The Perishable Empire: Essays on Indian Writing in English. Delhi: Oxford UP, ( 2000). ... Nehru, Jawaharlal. The Essential Writings of Jawaharlal Nehru. Vol. 1.

Title:Contemporary English-Language Indian Children’s Literature
Author:Michelle Superle
Publisher:Routledge - 2011-05-09


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