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5.0 out of 5 stars Most important book on children's literature and childhood, 23 Aug. 2006
This review is from: The Case of Peter Pan: Or the Impossibility of Children's Fiction (New Cultural Studies) (Paperback)
Jacqueline Rose's book was first published in 1984, and remains the most important book on children's literature, and is also vital on childhood in general. Rose argues that 'childhood' is a category of identity which changes over time, and not some kind of 'scientific' ('psychological') 'truth' for all time. She then considers how such an idea impacts on adults writing books 'for' children, but also on the wider implications of how and why a society defines 'childhood' in the ways it does. This is not an easy book, but then this is not an easy topic, despite the frequent assumption that anything to do with children must be simple. If that were really the case, why are education and child raising such complex issues?! Rose's book goes a long way to thinking about all of this in a much more complex and thoughtful way than almost any other work I know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic study of the constructions of childhood, 24 July 2014
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This review is from: The Case of Peter Pan: Or the Impossibility of Children's Fiction (New Cultural Studies) (Paperback)
This is a classic text, and I am astonished I didn't read it sooner. Enough scholarly criticism already exists on this book for a short review to be more or less unneeded, but a student of childhood in UK will fid. a great deal to think about here. The complex issues around the creation and marketing of Peter Pan are explored in detail, with an abundance of critical interconnections and a wealth of contemporary detail.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rose has fun, 20 Feb. 2015
Forget the word 'impossibility' - this is not as forbiddingly highbrow as some of the good professor's later efforts
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5.0 out of 5 stars The case of Peter Pan: Or the Impossibility of Children's Fiction, 20 May 2010
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This book is virtually essential reading if you are doing a children's literature degree. Thought provoking and very useful!
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