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By Maria Nikolajeva

ISBN-10: 0810849526

ISBN-13: 9780810849525

Now to be had in paperback! during this significantly new method of textual content typology, Maria Nikolajeva examines the depiction of time in literature for kids. Nikolajeva identifies a continuum of texts starting from those who depict non-linear time, standard of archaic, or legendary, inspiration, to those who exhibit linearity, general of latest mainstream literature. the writer argues that literature is a deconstruction, a displacement, of fantasy, and that it depicts a symbolic coming-of-age method instead of a strictly representational mirrored image of a concrete "reality." The texts are labeled by way of the measure to which the coming-of-age strategy is complete; the circulate is from an preliminary situation of fundamental concord (Arcadia, Paradise, Utopia) via various phases towards both a profitable or a failed passage.

From Mythic to Linear is a vast examine, encompassing a couple of kid's novels from various epochs and international locations: Scandinavian, British, American, Canadian, Australian, South African, and East ecu. The foreign personality contributes a greater wisdom of kid's literature from various elements of the world—widening the horizons of kid's literature learn too frequently limited to at least one specific kingdom.

Nikolajeva's special approach permits her to ignore the normal, and a few may argue out of date, department of kid's novels into realism and fable.

With its special approach and extensive foreign scope, From Mythic to Linear might be of curiosity to all these drawn to kid's literature and in comparative literature usually. contains bibliography and footnotes.

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