Creaturely life: biopolitical intensity in selected children's fables

De Rijke, Victoria (2014) Creaturely life: biopolitical intensity in selected children's fables. In: Politics and Ideology in Children's Literature. Keyes, M. T. and McGillicuddy, A., eds. Studies in Children's Literature, 7 . Four Courts Press, Dublin, pp. 45-56. ISBN 9781846825262

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Abstract

This essay aims to explore ‘creaturely life’ in relation to the ‘creativity and criticality’ of the fable genre and argues for its special relationship to biopolitical intensity; an (often unconscious) relationship of children’s literature to the symbolic order cracking under political pressure. Citing a number of classic and contemporary works of children’s literature and culminating in a work of animation, it is evident some fables suggestive of class struggle and revolution may be smoothed over or de-radicalized in children’s literature. This chapter argues for children’s literature tuning to a more radical key.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 19212
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Depositing User: Victoria De Rijke
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 13:57
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:39
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19212

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