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From Mythic to Linear : Time in Children''s Literature

By: Nikolajeva, Maria.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Lanham : Scarecrow Press, 1991Description: 1 online resource (318 p.).ISBN: 9781461658757.Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: From Mythic to Linear : Time in Children''s LiteratureDDC classification: 809.89282 LOC classification: PN1009.5.T55 | N556 1991Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; A Time to be Born, and a Time to Die...; An Excursus on Significant Meals; Chapter 1. Secret Gardens, Enchanted Places; Paradise Lost and Regained; The Sacral Time; Collective Experience, Adult View; Chapter 2. The Domestic Story as Utopia; Noisy Village-The Swedish Arcadia; Children, Animals, and Toys; Gastronomic Utopias; Chapter 3. Social Utopias; A Destroyed Paradise; A Utopia of Mites; The Omnipotent Child; Trolls in the Baltic Woods; Children in Power-King Matt; Chapter 4. The Haunting of Time; Puer Aetemus
Land of (Condensed) Milk and HoneyMidnight Gardens, Magic Wells; A Wise Progenitrix or a Seductive Witch?; A Grown-Up''s Nostalgia; Chapter 5. Picnic in the Unknown, or there and Back Again; You are Dead. Press Escape to Play Again; Awfully Big Adventure; A Variety of Picnics; Chapter 6. Where have All the Young Girls Gone?; A Girl in Disguise; Travellers in Time-A Female Initiation; An Essential Link in Some Unknown Context; Chapter 7. Breaking Away; The Promise of Happiness?; Toward Linearity; Meeting Shadows; Mother''s Bread; Bridges into Adulthood; Chapter 8. Beyond the Point of no Return
Deeper and Deeper into Dark Mysteries of LifeFeasts of Life and Death; Chapter 9. Mission Complete-Mission Failed; Chapter 10. From Idyll to Collapse; In the Enchanted Place; Quest for Self-Knowledge; Meeting with Death; Breaking Away; Disintegration; Except Ye be Converted, and Become as Little Children...; Bibliography; Primary Sources; Secondary Sources; Index of Titles; General Index
Summary: In this radically new approach to text typology, Maria Nikolajeva examines the depiction of time in literature for children.
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Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; A Time to be Born, and a Time to Die...; An Excursus on Significant Meals; Chapter 1. Secret Gardens, Enchanted Places; Paradise Lost and Regained; The Sacral Time; Collective Experience, Adult View; Chapter 2. The Domestic Story as Utopia; Noisy Village-The Swedish Arcadia; Children, Animals, and Toys; Gastronomic Utopias; Chapter 3. Social Utopias; A Destroyed Paradise; A Utopia of Mites; The Omnipotent Child; Trolls in the Baltic Woods; Children in Power-King Matt; Chapter 4. The Haunting of Time; Puer Aetemus

Land of (Condensed) Milk and HoneyMidnight Gardens, Magic Wells; A Wise Progenitrix or a Seductive Witch?; A Grown-Up''s Nostalgia; Chapter 5. Picnic in the Unknown, or there and Back Again; You are Dead. Press Escape to Play Again; Awfully Big Adventure; A Variety of Picnics; Chapter 6. Where have All the Young Girls Gone?; A Girl in Disguise; Travellers in Time-A Female Initiation; An Essential Link in Some Unknown Context; Chapter 7. Breaking Away; The Promise of Happiness?; Toward Linearity; Meeting Shadows; Mother''s Bread; Bridges into Adulthood; Chapter 8. Beyond the Point of no Return

Deeper and Deeper into Dark Mysteries of LifeFeasts of Life and Death; Chapter 9. Mission Complete-Mission Failed; Chapter 10. From Idyll to Collapse; In the Enchanted Place; Quest for Self-Knowledge; Meeting with Death; Breaking Away; Disintegration; Except Ye be Converted, and Become as Little Children...; Bibliography; Primary Sources; Secondary Sources; Index of Titles; General Index

In this radically new approach to text typology, Maria Nikolajeva examines the depiction of time in literature for children.

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Nikolajeva (Stockholm Univ. and Abo Academy, Finland) erases three traditional boundaries of children's book criticism: distinctions between adult and child addressees, realistic and nonrealistic modes, and high and low forms of literature. Arguing that children's literature focuses on "a symbolic depiction of a maturation process," she examines English-language and continental texts as examples of utopia, carnival, and collapse, categories that she parallels to classifications developed by Northrop Frye, Carl Jung, Mircea Eliade, and others. Ideas of time as mythic (kairos) or measurable (kronos), narration as iterative or singulative, and food as symbolic form the basis of her analyses of texts as exemplifying idyll, timelessness of mythic innocence, or development, the linear world of sexuality and death. Nikolajeva praises the insights of many critics, but as a close reader she boldly dismisses many notable analyses as unwarranted by textual evidence, which ensures that her analyses will provoke thought. Although her writing is awkward and sometimes unidiomatic, and she focuses too much on texts unfamiliar to North Americans to make this a must for US libraries, Nikolajeva clearly explains the theoretical bases of her analyses and provides an admirably accessible, intelligent, and stimulating study of children's fiction. Extensive undergraduate and graduate collections. R. E. Jones; University of Alberta

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