Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature

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Routledge, 19 ago 2005 - 264 pagine
This book sets out to explore the structure and meanings within the most popular of all literary genres - the adventure story. Deconstructing the Hero offers analytical readings of some of the most widely read adventure stories such as Treasure Island , the James Bond stories and Star Wars. The book describes how adventure stories are influential in shaping children's perception and establishing values.
When many of these stories define non-white, non-European people as inferior, and women as marginal or incapable, we should be worried about what they are teaching our children to think. Margery Hourihan shows how teaching children to read books critically can help to prevent the establishment of negative attitudes, discourage aggression and promote values of emotion and creativity.
 

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Outlines the exact reasons why I'm had it with traditional heroic tales of the kind that make lots at the box office. This should be compulsory reading for anyone involved in publishing and creating tales for children. Leggi recensione completa

Indice

INTRODUCTION
1
THE STORY
9
The power of the myth
10
Dualism and binary oppositions
15
The heros point of view
38
The linear journey
45
Closure
51
THE HERO
58
white savages
144
Ogres darkness and shadows
151
THE WOMEN
156
Mothers
161
Goddesses fairy godmothers and others
167
Witches and bitches
174
Brides
193
Relationships
200

Class and mastery
62
Gender
68
Age
72
Relationships
76
Rationality
88
Action and violence
96
THE WILD THINGS
107
Dragons
111
Wolves and other beasts
118
human beasts
129
REWRITING THE STORY
203
gender
206
public and private space
216
civilization and wilderness
219
Denying dualism
224
Changing the point of view
228
Conclusions
233
Bibliography
236
Index
246
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