Literature Society and Culture in Education Childhood Literature History

Emilia Conforti


This essay takes issue with earlier critical work arguing early British children's literature functions to construct middle class subjectivites.  Using the John Newbery Medal as a case study, this essay examines the prizing of children's literature and its cultural discontents. The author uses a third-person limited omniscient point of view to demonstrate the necessity of perspective and sympathy for moral growth. Children’s rights have become a significant field of study during the past decades.

Keywords: literary concepts, understanding childhood, childhood endorsement, according literature, childhood contribution

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