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Ethics in British Children's Literature : Unexamined Life

By: Sainsbury, Lisa.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Bloomsbury Perspectives on Children's Literature: Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013Description: 1 online resource (233 p.).ISBN: 9781441124951.Subject(s): Children''s literature, English -- History and criticism | Ethics in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Ethics in British Children's Literature : Unexamined LifeDDC classification: 820.9/9282 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover -- HalfTitle -- Series -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Figures -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction Unexamined Life in The Inferno -- Ethical exchange -- Ethics in British Children's Literature: Coming to terms -- 1 The Sin of Indifference (Part I): Beyond Naughty -- Indifferent territory -- Reading naughtiness -- The badness in between -- The ever-present danger of indifference -- 2 The Sin of Indifference (Part II): Discovering Evil -- A thousand diabolical expressions -- Rebuttable presumptions -- The death of childhood -- Touching evil -- The poetry of evil
3 Moral Ammunition: Growing Out of Dissatisfaction through Ethical Life -- Fighting for right -- Genre and the radicalization of family -- 4 Midnight Philosophy and Environmental Ethics -- A land ethic in the making -- Biotic communities -- Epiphany in green -- Paper-makery -- 5 The Making of Monsters: Duty, Gender, and the Rightness of Wrong -- Law breaking -- Alone about The Chase -- Redeeming care -- Flourishing futures -- New consequences -- 6 The Greatness of Apple Seeds: Ethical Relationships in Miniature Literature -- Conclusion: Through the Library . . . Towards a Life Examined -- Notes
References -- Index
Summary: Featuring close readings of selected poetry, visual texts, short stories and novels published for children since 1945 from Naughty Amelia Jane to Watership Down, this is the first extensive study of the nature and form of ethical discourse in British children's literature. Ethics in British Children's Literature explores the extent to which contemporary writing for children might be considered philosophical, tackling ethical spheres relevant to and arising from books for young people, such as naughtiness, good and evil, family life, and environmental ethics. Rigorously en
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Cover -- HalfTitle -- Series -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Figures -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction Unexamined Life in The Inferno -- Ethical exchange -- Ethics in British Children's Literature: Coming to terms -- 1 The Sin of Indifference (Part I): Beyond Naughty -- Indifferent territory -- Reading naughtiness -- The badness in between -- The ever-present danger of indifference -- 2 The Sin of Indifference (Part II): Discovering Evil -- A thousand diabolical expressions -- Rebuttable presumptions -- The death of childhood -- Touching evil -- The poetry of evil

3 Moral Ammunition: Growing Out of Dissatisfaction through Ethical Life -- Fighting for right -- Genre and the radicalization of family -- 4 Midnight Philosophy and Environmental Ethics -- A land ethic in the making -- Biotic communities -- Epiphany in green -- Paper-makery -- 5 The Making of Monsters: Duty, Gender, and the Rightness of Wrong -- Law breaking -- Alone about The Chase -- Redeeming care -- Flourishing futures -- New consequences -- 6 The Greatness of Apple Seeds: Ethical Relationships in Miniature Literature -- Conclusion: Through the Library . . . Towards a Life Examined -- Notes

References -- Index

Featuring close readings of selected poetry, visual texts, short stories and novels published for children since 1945 from Naughty Amelia Jane to Watership Down, this is the first extensive study of the nature and form of ethical discourse in British children's literature. Ethics in British Children's Literature explores the extent to which contemporary writing for children might be considered philosophical, tackling ethical spheres relevant to and arising from books for young people, such as naughtiness, good and evil, family life, and environmental ethics. Rigorously en

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Lisa Sainsbury is Director of the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, University of Roehampton, UK.

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