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Using history

August 14, 2011

“Kim Wilson… acknowledges that the impulse to use history ‘to give meaning to our world’ is enticing.” (my emphasis, p84)

This is a nice way of putting it! And it is one of the aspects of writing about violent conflict for children/young adults that interests me…

Flynn continues discussing this article: “…it is clear that the novels’ implicit claim to historical factuality complicates young readers’ ability to read against these texts in a creative and critical fashion.” (p84) What a lovely provocative idea…

Ref: Richard Flynn (2007) ‘Children’s Reading and ‘Potential Power’ Children’s Literature Association Quarterly; 83-85

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