Islands in fiction for young people: A brief introduction.

Screech, Ben ORCID: 0000-0001-8644-9607 (2018) Islands in fiction for young people: A brief introduction. Looking Glass, 21 (1). pp. 37-41.

5925 Screech (2018) Islands in fiction for young people A brief introduction..pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0.

Download (130kB) | Preview


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 and Science
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Ben Screech
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 13:49
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 13:01

University Staff: Request a correction | Repository Editors: Update this record

University Of Gloucestershire

Bookmark and Share

Find Us On Social Media:

Social Media Icons Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Pinterest Linkedin

Other University Web Sites

University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH. Telephone +44 (0)844 8010001.