Ideology and Children's Books

Robyn McCallum*, John Stephens

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No matter how simplistic it may appear, no book is innocent of ideological implications. Whether a text seeks to naturalize the belief systems of a culture or challenge them, it always places an ideological imposition on its readers, since ideology inheres in the very language and images from which it is made. Seeking to expose the implicit and explicit ideologies communicated through children's texts has become the primary work of many of us who work with the genre, and we are indebted to the pioneering work of John Stephens and Robyn McCallum for helping us frame those investigations. Here John and Robyn look at current frameworks for exploring questions of ideology. Their arguments are reinforced by M. T. Anderson's brilliant rendering of the questions faced by authors as they write in, around, through, in spite of, and sometimes in defense of their own conscious and unconscious ideological positions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of research on children's and young adult literature
EditorsShelby Wolf, Karen Coats, Patricia Enciso, Christine Jenkins
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780203843543, 9781136913570
ISBN (Print)9780415965057
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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