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Children’s texts imply a reader’s ideal response

April 12, 2011

“Whether or not children’s texts overtly address newsworthy situations or sociopolitical concerns, they are produced in the awareness of cultural and critical tensions, and they imply a reader’s ideal response to those tensions.”[1]

…   “How do children’s texts resonate with present-day occurrences, construct an informed or an unaware reader, perform or elide historical and social critique, or ignite a reader’s historical consciousness?”[2]


[1] Quoted in abstract on MLA, CLA official session December 2004, Philadelphia panel: ‘Here and Now: approaches to current events through children’s literature’ – Nathalie op de Beeck

[2] Quoted in abstract on MLA, CLA official session December 2004, Philadelphia panel: ‘Here and Now: approaches to current events through children’s literature’ – Nathalie op de Beeck

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