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By Karín Lesnik-Oberstein (eds.)

Children's Literature: New techniques is a advisor for graduate and upper-level undergraduate scholars of kid's literature. it really is established via critics examining person texts to convey out wider matters which are present within the box. contains chronology of key occasions and guides, a selective advisor to additional studying and an inventory of Web-based resources.

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Or is it that Josephine is based on Taffy? While Lewis makes the claim that the character of Taffy is based on the ‘real-life’ Josephine, what we are given is a description of Josephine that claims authority by its reference to the fictional Taffy. This illustrates a general problem with biographical readings which assert the primacy of the life as ‘truth’, but go on to construct that life by reference to a variety of texts including those that are elsewhere acknowledged as fictional. Something similar occurs in M.

M. 31 An additional strategy employed by Lisa Lewis to stabilize the text of the Just So Stories is an appeal to the notion of audience; thus she ‘reveals’ the identities of various specific children Kipling is supposed to have tried the stories out on. These include Marjorie Balestier (Kipling’s niece), Angela Thirkell (daughter of one of Kipling’s cousins), his children, Josephine, Elsie and John, and his American publisher’s son Nelson Doubleday. ’32 However, if we are to take this kind of approach, surely as important in considering the question of audience is the fact that nearly all of the Just So Stories, save ‘How the Alphabet Was Made’, were published in magazines or journals (largely St Nicholas Magazine or the Ladies Home Journal) prior to their collection in one volume, and therefore would presumably must have been written with their editors and audiences in mind.

24 This is not exactly conclusive. The bibliographical research is not the only way in which Lewis invokes the author and his intentions or unconscious motivations, she also attempts to define the text of the Just So Stories by categorizing it in terms of a specific genre within children’s literature. The tales are identified as ‘stories of fantasy animals’,25 and thus marked out as one of a series of classics within a genre that includes the work of Beatrix Potter (1902), Kenneth Grahame (1908) and Kipling’s earlier Jungle Books (1894, 1895).

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