Can the Child Speak? Childhood in the Age of Nation-States, Children’s Rights, and the Role of Children’s Literature

Can the Child Speak? Childhood in the Age of Nation-States, Children’s Rights, and the Role of Children’s Literature

This essay is a part of our series, Literature and the World — for more information, please see HERE.

Short Title: Can the Child Speak?

Key Words: childhood, children’s rights, children’s literature, children’s books, convention on the rights of the child, crc, united nations, heteroglossia, didacticism, dialogization

Abstract: Positing that the institutions of childhood, and children’s books in particular, contain the child as both a controlled subject and a disruptive presence, this article notes the potential of children’s literature for fostering a dialogical engagement between child and adult voices within as well as outside the texts.

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Edited by Jill Gaeta and Teresa Kent Todd

(c) 2016 The Middle Ground Journal, Number 12, Spring, 2016. http://TheMiddleGroundJournal.org See Submission Guidelines page for the journal’s not-for-profit educational open-access policy.

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