TITLE

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Challenging the Mythology of Home in Children's Literature

AUTHOR(S)
Wilson, Melissa; Short, Kathy
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Children's Literature in Education;Jun2012, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p129
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The myth of home is what distinguishes children's literature from adult novels (Wolf ). Nodelman and Reimer (The Pleasures of Children's Literature, ) write that while 'the home/away/home pattern is the most common story line in children's literature, adult fiction that deals with young people who leave home usually ends with the child choosing to stay away' (pp. 197-198). In a critical content analysis of recent award-winning middle reader novels from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, a new pattern was observed. This pattern, called a postmodern metaplot, begins with the child being abandoned, rather than the child leaving the home. The child's journey is to construct a home within a postmodern milieu complete with competing truths and failed adults. Ultimately, the child's postmodern journey ends with very modern ideal of the child leading the adults to a hopeful ending, a home. The article explores the changing roles of childhood and adulthood in children's literature and questions if the mythology of home can be undone.
ACCESSION #
75528131

 

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