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RAF



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:39 pm    Post subject: Postcolonial and Children's Literature  Reply with quote

Hi everyone,

I am struggling with my essay Sad. The thing is I have to write about Postcolonial autobiography in both Children's Literature and Adult's literature. I have found two texts for children's autobiography. One is Through my Eyes by Ruby Bridges and the other one is Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter. The problem is that I have never studied children's literature before.. I am thinking of the postcolonial 'identity' and how children's identity is not yet formed   Rolling Eyes  . I am struggling to shape my question. Any suggestions and ideas? And do you know of any postcolonial children's book? theoratical that is.


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Phyllis (Admin)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:43 pm    Post subject: Any one geographical area? Reply with quote

Hi RAF,

Welcome, and so glad to see you getting stuck in straight away! When you talk about postcolonial literature do you have any particular countries or continents in mind? I'm looking into this one.

Phyllis
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RAF



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much. This is cool. I am kinda lost here!  Laughing

Well, it seems like they don't have any specific countries in mind. Because we have come across Caribbean lit, african american, india and many other countries. I am just clueless as how to compare autobiographical texts of adults and children. I need to focus my thesis and I still don't know how because as i said i haven't studied Children's Literature before.

I am thinking of using Boyhood by Coetzee as the "adults" text..
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:21 pm    Post subject: Background reading Reply with quote

I found a couple of titles in the Children's Literature Centre at Roehampton:

1 Book *
Unsettling narratives : postcolonial readings of children's literature / Cla Request this Item
Bradford, Clare    Other titles by Author(s)
Publication Date: 2007
Number: 0889205078
Copies:  Shelved at 809.89282 2 copies - Show Copies
2 Book *
Voices of the other : children's literature and the postcolonial context / [ Request this Item
Publication Date: 1999
Number: 081533284x
Copies:  Shelved at 809.89282 4 copies - Show Copies

I went to the main page of Roehampton University, then went to Studentzone at the top. You can search the library catalogue that way. These are the only titles for secondary reading that I found. I'm stuck on actual children's books, but if I find any I will get back to you. Your requirement is quite specific (autobiography rather than fiction). I will get back to you if I think of anything else. Have you tried the British Library's Integrated Catalogue? You can get onto their website and search it at:

www.bl.uk

Hope this helps!

Phyllis
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RAF



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much Phyllis  that was very helpful! Cool I didn't know about those two books and I just ordered Unsettling Narratives from Amazon.co.uk but couldn't find the other one.

Yes unfortunately my topic is very specific. I have can use any autobiography book but I am more struggled with how to form my question. I don't know how to link Adult's postcolonial with Children's.. I need my inspiration  Embarassed

Thank you again you have been such a help.
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RAF



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh too many typ-oes and mistakes!  Mr. Green

Don't worry about typos, the intention here is not to judge!

I wish you all the best with your thesis and will post any further help that I may have.

Phyllis
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anna kurian



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Location: Hyderabad, India

PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Have you come across this one: Unbecoming Daughters of the Empire edited by Shirley Chew and Anna Rutherford? It has autobiographical essays written by postcolonial literary theorists as well as novelists such as Margaret Atwood, etc.
It is not childhood writing but almost so.
Another one which might be helpful is Two Under the Indian Sun by Jon and Rumer Godden.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And I am sorry but I forgot to sign off.

Also forgot to say this might all be a little too late, apologies.

Anna

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