Character Focalization in Children’s Novels

Authors: Philpot, Don K.

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  • Explores the ways focalizing characters experience their worlds perceptually and psychologically
  • Shows that contemporary realistic novels written in the third person can be richly meaningful
  • Presents emoting profiles for each focalizing character
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This book offers a comprehensive analysis of character focalization in ten contemporary realistic children’s novels. The author argues that character focalization, defined as the location of fictional world perception in the mind of a character, is a prominent textual structure in these novels. He demonstrates how significant meanings are conveyed in a variety of forms related to characters’ personal and interpersonal experiences. Through close analysis of each text, moreover, he exposes distinctive perceptual, psychological, and social-psychological patterns in the opening chapters of each novel, which are thereafter developed by the principles of continuation, augmentation, and reconfiguration. This book will appeal to scholars, teachers, and students in the fields of narrative studies, stylistics, children’s literature scholarship, linguistics, and education.

About the authors

Don K. Philpot is Professor of Reading and Literacy at Shippensburg University, USA, where he specializes in the field of children’s literature stylistics. He teaches courses on disciplinary literacy, children’s literature, and literacy instruction for diverse students. His current research focuses on resilient fictional children and their transformative effects on real children.

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“This ambitious study tracks and categorises the experiences of fictional child characters in ten examples of contemporary realism for children, with publication dates spanning fifty years … . this study represents a welcome application of systemic functional linguistics to the study of children’s literature and provides many interesting ideas and practical tools for future research.” (Sarah Hardstaff, Barnboken, Vol. 41, 2018)



Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Character Focalization in Children’s Novels
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55810-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55810-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55809-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 314
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