New world orders in contemporary children's literature: utopian transformations

John Stephens, Robyn McCallum, Clare Bradford, Kerry Mallan

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New World Orders shows how texts for children and young people have responded to the cultural, economic, and political movements of the last 15 years. With a focus on international children's text produced between 1988 and 2006, the authors discuss how utopian and dystopian tropes are pressed into service to project possible futures to child readers. The book considers what these texts have to say about globalisation, neocolonialism, environmental issues, pressures on families and communities, and the idea of the posthuman.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Print)9780230020054
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Utopias in literature
  • Children's literature--History and criticism
  • neocolonialism
  • posthuman
  • globalisation
  • ecocriticism

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