BEZPIECZNA I POŻYTECZNA KRAINA NIEDOROSŁOŚCI. LITERATURA DZIECIĘCA JAKO KONSTRUKT

Maciej Skowera

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A Safe and Useful Land of Immaturity. Children’s Literature as a Construction

The paper discusses children’s literature as a construction (re)produced by adults. The author refers to several questions raised about the meaning of this notion and its relationships with so-called adult literature, presents main scholarly theories on it, and shows that western image of this category of books relies on constructions of childhood. It is indicated that the dominant western construction of children’s literature as a “safe and useful land of immaturity” bases on two discourses, which organize the ways of understanding childhood in this cultural circle (not forgetting about particular national variants): the Romantic discourse and the discourse of tabula rasa. From this perspective, children’s literature can be seen as a result of adult fantasies, assumptions, desires, and rules. This construction, as the author argues, is being reproduced by children’s stories, which may repeat it in various modalities or, paradoxically, negate it.


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