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Children in wartime: the notion of family and home

January 6, 2013

NOTE Deszcz-Tryhubczak’s review of Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children’s Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper by Charles Butler makes the following interesting comments…

“The second part, “Children in Wartime,” looks at how the reality of war affected the themes and imagery in the discussed texts. An argument of Butler’s that I find particularly compelling in this context is that for all four writers the notion of family and home ceased to signify comforting safety and reassurance, having been replaced by the awareness that even one’s closest environment could be marked by hostility and betrayal. This dystopian theme of home has recently become quite frequent in children’s fiction.” (p.173)

worth a read?!

Ref: Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (2007) Review: Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children’s Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper. By Charles Butler. Lanham, Maryland: Children’s Literature Association, 2006. 311 pp. Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies 21(1), pp.172-175

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