Language and Ideology in Children's Fiction

Language and Ideology in Children s Fiction When children read fiction they are exposed to the beliefs which inform and structure their society The books encourage child readers to internalise particular ways of seeing the world and help shape

  • Title: Language and Ideology in Children's Fiction
  • Author: John J. Stephens
  • ISBN: 9780582070622
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • When children read fiction they are exposed to the beliefs which inform and structure their society The books encourage child readers to internalise particular ways of seeing the world and help shape their development as individuals Although this process forms a key part of their education, it remains largely invisible As well as a story, fictions impart a significanceWhen children read fiction they are exposed to the beliefs which inform and structure their society The books encourage child readers to internalise particular ways of seeing the world and help shape their development as individuals Although this process forms a key part of their education, it remains largely invisible As well as a story, fictions impart a significance to readers often without revealing its presence or ground and therefore have considerable potential to socialize their audience John Stephens analyses this process and shows how fictions can work to constrain or liberate audience responses He explores picture books as well as historical, realistic and fantastic fictions to show how both a character within the narrative and the implied reader are positioned within ideology The author considers areas of ideology not previously examined and offers new perspectives on realism and fantasy The book will be of interest to linguists and teachers as well as to the general reader.

    One thought on “Language and Ideology in Children's Fiction”

    1. While early points in the author's argument are relevant and useful, much of text is too try hard in its language and the level of vocabulary clouds the argument.

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