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.
Edited by Jill Gaeta and Teresa Kent Todd
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