Postcolonial Literature for Children
by La Trobe University
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In this subject students examine major themes and strategies used by children's authors to represent and comment upon postcolonial issues and experience. Elements of literature that define a cultural identity in that postcolonial experience are critically analysed.
- Bradford, C. (2001) The End of Empire? Colonial and postcolonial journeys in children’s books. Children’s Literature. 29: 196 218
- Kohl, H. (1995) Should we burn Babar? Questioning power in children’s literature. Should We Burn Babar? Essays on children’s literature and the power of stories. New York: The New Press.
- Said, E. (1994) Introduction. Culture and Imperialism. New York: Vintage.
||Stereotypes and Little Black Sambo||How are stereotypes portrayed in children's literature, and where did they come from?||34:55||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rewriting Colonial Texts||How and why are colonial texts rewritten in later years?||34:55||Free||View in iTunes|
||From Colonial to Post-Colonial||Moving from a colonial attitude to post-colonial - Rudyard Kipling to Kim.||49:16||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||Kim||This engrossing and moving novel, with its diversity of memorable characters, offers many insights into political, religious and social tensions.||--||Free||View in iTunes|
||Postcolonial Voices in Literature||Where are postcolonional voices in literature coming from?||53:26||Free||View in iTunes|
||Aboriginal Voice in Australian Literature||How is the Aboriginal culture and identity represented in Australian literature?||44:06||Free||View in iTunes|
||European Voices in Aboriginal History||What is the reality of the telling of Aboriginal history? How has European voices influenced the story that has been told?||49:08||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Stolen Generation||Black armbands, history wars, and how the stolen generation of Aboriginals is reflected in Australian literature.||50:38||Free||View in iTunes|
||Whose Story is This Anyway?||Is there a difference between an Aboriginal story and a European story?||47:49||Free||View in iTunes|
||Postcolonial Voices – Either, Neither or Both?||Aboriginal voice or European voice? Does it matter?||41:25||Free||View in iTunes|
||Considering and Comparing Cultures||How is one culture distinguished from another? What cultural markers are explored in literature?||50:44||Free||View in iTunes|
||Monocultures and Multicultures||Are we one, or are we many? How is one culture distinguished from another, even within the same country?||51:59||Free||View in iTunes|
||Multicultures, Identities and Others||The evolution of Australia's multiculturalism, and the representation of 'others'.||50:17||Free||View in iTunes|
||Bias in Telling Stories||This lecture uses Gary Disher’s The Divine Wind to show how stories of an historical event can be biased in their telling, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.||53:13||Free||View in iTunes|
||Chinese Cinderella||How to read and interpret the literature of other cultures, using 'Chinese Cinderella' as an example.||53:41||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cowboys and Indians||The common themes and reality of the western genre.||41:52||Free||View in iTunes|
||Pocahontas||Using the example of Pocahantas, how is the real world rewritten into something that treads the line between fact and fiction?||46:45||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Beat of the Drum||Postcolonialism isn't just based on skin colour or ethnicity - The Beat of the Drum tells about this process within an Irish context.||55:20||Free||View in iTunes|
||Orientalism||Looking at the wider analysis of postcolonial literature, through the window of orientalism.||50:59||Free||View in iTunes|
|20||Introduction to Postcolonial Literature for Children||David Beagley introduces Postcolonial Literature for Children.||0:47||Free||View in iTunes|