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Postcolonial Approaches To Latin American Children’s Literature
by González, Ann
ISBN-13 : 9781317299677
Publisher : Routledge
Format : Electronic book text
Pub Date : June 2017
Status : Not yet published

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This volume is the first book-length study in English to explore how the effects of a traumatic colonial experience are (re)presented to Latin American children today, almost two centuries after the dismantling of colonialism proper. By analyzing a variety of texts written, adapted, or marketed expressly for Spanish-speaking children, González examines how children’s literature approaches, intentionally or unintentionally, the Spanish American colonial and postcolonial experience and communicates national and hemispheric perceptions of reality, identity, and values to the next generation. The goals of this study, therefore, are to look closely at examples of children’s literature that have been produced or adapted for mestizo juvenile audiences in Latin America to understand both how the logic of coloniality works as well as how strategies of resistance, appropriation, and transformation have been passed on from one generation to the next. González visits important canonical works from the pre-Columbian Popol Vuh, to Vallejos’ Paco Yunque and Quiroga’s Cuentos de la selva, to more contemporary writers like Claribel Alegría and Isabel Allende. Engaging works that illustrate the issues of transculturation and postcolonial responses to it, Gonzalez analyzes how Latin American children’s books represent an active form of political, social, and cultural resistance to long-term forms of colonialism. This book will appeal to scholars in the fields of Latin American literary and cultural studies, Children’s Literature, Postcolonial Studies, and Comparative Literature.

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Subject / Bisac
  • Literary Criticism / Caribbean & Latin American
  • Literary Criticism / European / Spanish & Portuguese
  • Literary Criticism / Children'S Literature
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