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Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

Secrets, Lies and Children’s Fiction

Authors: Mallan, K.

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About this book

Many children learn from a young age to tell the truth. They also learn that some lies are necessary in order to survive in a world that paradoxically values truth-telling, but practises deception. This book examines this paradox by considering how deception is often a necessary means of survival for individuals, families, governments, and animals.

About the authors

Kerry Mallan is Professor and Director of the Children and Youth Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Her previous books include Gender Dilemmas in Children's Fiction (2009) and New World Orders in Contemporary Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations (with Clare Bradford, John Stephens, and Robyn McCallum, 2008).

Reviews

'As Mallan's discussions demonstrate, in terms of moral takes on the value of truth-telling or lying, children's fiction is much more versatile than one first might think... Secrets, Lies and Children's Fiction is, truly, a thought-provoking work.' - Sanna Lehtonen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

'Kerry Mallan's Secrets, Lies and Children's Fiction is an important study of books that introduce young readers to the complexities of truth. Mallan offers a theoretically informed treatment of the ethical issues relating to how we communicate truthfully and duplicitously in both the private and the public spheres. She takes her theoretical acumen into her close readings of a range of contemporary (and a few more time-honoured) texts for child and young adult readerships. Her choice of texts to scrutinize includes several of the most important recent books by the likes of Brian Selznick, Daniel Handler, Suzanne Collins, and Cory Doctorow. This is a major achievement.' - Roderick McGillis, Emeritus Professor of English, the University of Calgary, Canada

'Kerry Mallan, in this fascinating addition to Palgrave Macmillan's Critical approaches to children's literature series, explores not only the paradox of our searching for truth in fictional stories, but also the very moral conundrum of the essence and social necessity of Truth.' - New Perspectives on Children's Literature

'Secrets, Lies and Children's Fiction opens up promising avenues of inquiry into the status of truth in chidren's fiction that readers will be eager to explore further.' - Sarah F. Sahn, Children's Literature Association Quarterly


Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Secrets, Lies and Children’s Fiction
Authors
Series Title
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Kerry Mallan
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27466-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137274663
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27465-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44578-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 238
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
Topics