Islands in fiction for young people: A brief introduction.

Screech, Ben (2018) Islands in fiction for young people: A brief introduction. The Looking Glass, 21 (1). ISSN 1551-5680

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Abstract

Islands have been a setting for a great deal of children’s literature, both historically and in present times. A number of the classic works of the genre have been tantalisingly set on island shores, and are often depicted as liminal sites. They are “fertile spaces for the exploration of the shifting sands of identity”. Such a preoccupation with ‘identity’ is a consistent concern for many of the writers introduced throughout this article, and I suggest that the islands explored could even be viewed as a metaphor for childhood and adolescence itself. Indeed, these are periods in life in which we often feeling unanchored and adrift en-route to being swept away by the ‘rising tide’ of adult experience.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education
Research Priority Areas: Learning and Professional Contexts
Depositing User: Ben Screech
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 13:49
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 10:00
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5925

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