Condensed and Enriched: Images of the Miniature and of the World of Childrens Literature.Report as inadecuate

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Research into the portrayal of miniature human-like characters in the fictional narratives of art and literature suggests that profound values abound in the miniature. The paper discusses two examples of fairy miniatures, Rudyard Kipling's "Puck" and J. M. Barrie's "Tinker Bell." Little characters, whatever their provenance, can be dressed up in any disguise for those other little people--children--to digest. Many of the characters in children's narratives, like miniature characters, have metaphorical dimensions. Animals, toys, and all manner of creatures are used to create condensed and enriched images of society and the adults as well as the children who inhabit it. Children's literature encompasses all the genres of adult fiction, from fantasy to realism, from epic to fairy tale; writers of different sexes, races, and religions; and includes poetry and prose fictional narratives produced in varying media, from film, video, and cartoon, to stage, CD-ROM, and printed page. Far from being reductive, the world of children's literature is a condensation and enrichment of possible subject matter. Children's literature is important; it can shed light on the past, illuminate the future, and lay open visions of the future for discussion and debate. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/SWC)

Descriptors: Attitudes, Authors, Books, Characterization, Childrens Literature, Enrichment, Fiction, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Imagery, Literary Devices, Literary Genres, Metaphors, Nonprint Media, Printed Materials, Reader Text Relationship, Values

Author: Hancock, Susan


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