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Unsettling Narratives


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Table of Contents for Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Childrenas Literature by Claire Bradford Introduction Part One aWhen Languages Collidea: Resistance and Representation 1. Language, Resistance, and Subjectivity 2. Indigenous Texts and Publishers 3. White Imaginings 4. Telling the Past Part Two Place and Postcolonial Significations 5. Space, Time, Nation 6. Borders, Journeys, and Liminality 7. Politics and Place 8. Allegories of Place and Race Conclusion Notes Bibligraphy and References Index

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Clare Bradford is a professor of literary studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, where she teaches and researches mainly childrenas literature. Her 2001 book, Reading Race: Aboriginality in Australian Childrenas Literature , won both the Childrenas Literature Association Book Award and the IRSCL Award of the International Research Society for Childrenas Literature. Clare Bradfordas publications have appeared in Canadian Childrenas Literature , Childrenas Literature , The Lion and the Unicorn , Papers , and The Childrenas Literature Association Quarterly .


``Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature provides a significant contribution to the fields of First Nations/Aboriginal studies and comparative Postcolonial studies, as well as the development of theoretically grounded postcolonial analyses of children's literature.'' -- Suzanne James -- Canadian Literature, 200, Spring 2009, 200810
``Clare Bradford's newest book is groundbreaking, and its title, Unsettling Narratives, hints at the complexity of the subject matter and its multiple dimensions.... Bradford is...the first to apply comparative literary techniques across the board to the children's literature originating in these four countries [namely Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States].... She does an especially good job of pinpointing how indigenous stories become subsumed by European paradigms when told by cultural outsiders no matter how well-versed the authors may be in the cultures about which they are writing.... [But] an infusion of new tools is needed to take the discussion beyond authenticity of the texts themselves and into the greater realm of how the texts represent stated and unstated ideologies in America. These tools are what Bradford offers in Unsettling Narratives. It is an ambitious book, grounded in the theories of postcolonial studies and filled with examples of close textual readings and analyses that are nuanced rather than reductive. Although Bradford's intention it so examine how children's texts represent indigenity, her examples provide models for reading all children's texts by, about, or referencing cultures marginalized in the United States. Her opening example of Lynne Cheney's America: A Patriotic Primer alone is practically worth the price of the book.'' -- Susan Stan, Central Michigan University -- Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Vol. 33, no. 2, Summer 2008, 200806
``Clare Bradford's Unsettling Narratives fully lives up to the claim on the back cover that the volume will `open up an area of scholarship and discussion ... relatively new to the field of children's literature.' The volume is thorough, provocative, and persuasive.... One of the biggest strengths of this text is the breadth of material which is analyzed in close detail: Bradford examines as many as fifteen texts in detail to a chapter, including novels, picture books, and films, and this wealth of material not only gives her argument a persuasive strength but also showcases the rich material of postcolonial children's texts which have until now been relatively neglected.... This volume is coherent, thought-provoking, and well-written, moving beyond the conventional and obvious analyses of race, identity, place, and language which so often occur in the study of children's literature, to provide a fresh insight and a provocative new perspective.'' -- Jennifer Sattaur, Aberystwyth University -- International Research Society for Children's Literature, July 2008, 200807
``By emphasizing the fact that texts produced by the Indigenous must be read in accordance with their cultural and narrative practices, Bradford frees up a breathing space for Indigenous texts which are, otherwise, read according to the textual and critical modes of dominant communities. Given the subject area of her work and the theoretical tools that she is employing Bradford's book is an intervention that is both timely and necessary.'' -- Anna Kurian, University of Hyderabad, India -- Journal of Intercultural Studies, Vol. 30, no. 2, May 2009, 200905
``In Unsettling Narratives, Clare Bradford deploys her wide-ranging knowledge of postcolonial theory to explore the social and political implications of a fascinating variety of texts for children and young adults produced in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S.A. With a passionate commitment to confronting and moving beyond the conventional ideologies of race and space that tend to constrain herself and others, and an insightful awareness of subtleties and nuances, Bradford offers readings that are fiercely intelligent, refreshingly honest, and--most unsettlingly--very persuasive.'' -- Perry Nodelman, professor emeritus of English, University of Winnipeg, author ofNot a Nickel to Spare (2007) and, with Mavis Reimer, The Pleasures ofChildrens Literature. -- 200704
``Provides an in-depth view of what children's and young adult books tell readers about native populations, immigration, race relationships, and the development of nations, and what they have to say about the place of these Native peoples in today's societies.... [D]efinitely...useful...for assuring the accurate portrayal of indigenous cultures in the library and the classroom by recognizing the political implications of these portrayals.'' -- Janet Hilbun, Texas Women's University -- School Library Journal, February 1, 2008, 200802

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