Creating the National Mosaic

Author: Miriam Verena Richter

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9401200505

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 354

View: 1324

The Canadian Multicultural Mosaic has long been recognized as an OCo if not the OCo outstanding characteristic of the Canadian nation at home and abroad. It has, further, come to be regarded as a model worldwide of a well-functioning culturally diverse society. This first book-length study of Canadian multicultural childrenOCOs literature sets out to explore how literature for the young has contributed to the creation of the countryOCOs multicultural discourse as well as to the construction of its national identity. In this context, childrenOCOs literature possesses particular significance, as juvenile literature by nature serves an educational purpose which extends to forming and informing the next generation of a countryOCOs citizens. In order to achieve a deeper understanding of the complex structures at work, not only the fictional works themselves but also CanadaOCOs policy with regard to childrenOCOs culture and literature have been examined. In order to provide an optimally comprehensive picture, chapters include, among other aspects, information on public library services for immigrant children, on Canadian research collections specializing in childrenOCOs literature, on Canadian publishing for children, and on promotional activities. The works of fiction examined cover the period from 1950 to 1994 OCo thus illustrating the development of the nationOCOs multicultural discourse OCo and include various Canadian regions as well as protagonists belonging to different ethnic groups. While the approach is interdisciplinary, the novels discussed are above all read against the tenets of Canadian multiculturalism as manifested in such core documents as Prime Minister TrudeauOCOs 1971 parliamentary declaration and the 1988 Canadian Multiculturalism Act. The chief objective of the present study is to understand the interdependence between ideology, childrenOCOs literature, and the creation of a national discourse."

Creating the National Mosaic

Author: Miriam Verena Richter

Publisher: Brill Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042033511

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

View: 579

1: National Identity-Formation. - 2: The Canadian Situation. - 3: Canadian Cultural Policy with Regard to Children's Culture and Literature. - 4: The Immigrant Experience as Depicted in Anglo-Canadian Youth Fiction 1950-1994. - 5: The Development of Canadian Multicultural Children's Literature: Conclusion and Outlook for the Future

Culture, Music Education, and the Chinese Dream in Mainland China

Author: Wai-Chung Ho

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811075336

Category: Education

Page: 256

View: 4345

This book focuses on the rapidly changing sociology of music as manifested in Chinese society and Chinese education. It examines how social changes and cultural politics affect how music is currently being used in connection with the Chinese dream. While there is a growing trend toward incorporating the Chinese dream into school education and higher education, there has been no scholarly discussion to date. The combination of cultural politics, transformed authority relations, and officially approved songs can provide us with an understanding of the official content on the Chinese dream that is conveyed in today’s Chinese society, and how these factors have influenced the renewal of values-based education and practices in school music education in China.

(Re)imagining the World

Author: Yan Wu,Kerry Mallan,Roderick McGillis

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3642367607

Category: Education

Page: 157

View: 7849

(Re)Imagining the world: Children’s Literature’s Response to Changing Times considers how writers of fiction for children imagine ‘the world’, not one universal world, but different worlds: imaginary, strange, familiar, even monstrous worlds. The chapters in this collection discuss how fiction for children engages with some of the changes brought about by new technologies, information literacy, consumerism, migration, politics, different family structures, cosmopolitanism, new and old monsters. They also invite us to think about how memory shapes our understanding of the past, and how fiction engages our emotions, our capacity to empathise, and our desire to discover, and what the future may hold. The contributors bring different perspectives from education, postcolonial studies, literary criticism, cultural studies, childhood studies, postmodernism, and the social sciences. With a wide coverage of texts from different countries, and scholarly and lively discussions, this collection is itself a testament to the power of the human imagination and the significance of children’s literature in the education of young people. ​

Inter- and Transcultural Learning in the Context of Canadian Young Adult Fiction

Author: Grit Alter

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643906757

Category: American literature

Page: 378

View: 9107

Within the past few years transcultural learning has become one of the key terms in TEFL theory. Central concerns in current research include differentiating between inter- and transcultural learning, navigating processes of understanding otherness, and assessing cultural competences. Using these aspects this study investigates texts recommended for cultural learning and key components of implementing literature in ELT. The results call for a more holistic perception of alterity and argue in favour of transcultural literature as a basis for transcultural learning. All of this dissertation is in English. (Subjects: Literary Criticism, Education) [Series: Fremdsprachendidaktik in globaler Perspecktive, Vol. 5]

Origin Narratives

Author: Macarena Garcia-Gonzalez

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351855433

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

View: 1153

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1 The Books We Recommend to Children: Ideologies and Politics in Reading Promotion -- 2 Framing the Questions: Previous Research, Theoretical Frameworks, and Case-Study Materials -- 3 I Came by Plane: The Masterplan of International Adoptions -- 4 They Came from the Desert: Immigration Plots and Tropes -- 5 The United Colors of the Rainbow: Explaining Human 'Races' and Racism -- 6 Intersected Identities: Nationality, Class, Gender, and Ableism in the Making of 'Race' -- 7 Nation-as-Family: Tropes of Kin and Orphanhood -- Conclusions -- Works Cited -- Index

Next-Generation Memory and Ukrainian Canadian Children’s Historical Fiction

Author: Mateusz Świetlicki

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1000839087

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

View: 4916

This is the first book monograph devoted to Anglophone Ukrainian Canadian children’s historical fiction published between 1991 and 2021. It consists of five chapters offering cross-sectional and interdisciplinary readings of 41 books – novels, novellas, picturebooks, short stories, and a graphic novel. The first three chapters focus on texts about the complex process of becoming Ukrainian Canadian, showcasing the experiences of the first two waves of Ukrainian immigration to Canada, including encounters with Indigenous Peoples and the First World War Internment. The last two chapters are devoted to the significance of the cultural memory of the Holodomor, the Great Famine of 1932-1933, and the Second World War for Ukrainian Canadians. All the chapters demonstrate the entanglements of Ukrainian and Canadian history and point to the role Anglophone children’s literature can play in preventing the symbolical seeds of memory from withering. This volume argues that reading, imagining, and reimagining history can lead to the formation of beyond-textual next-generation memory. Such memory created through reading is multidimensional as it involves the interpretation of both the present and the past by an individual whose reality has been directly or indirectly shaped by the past over which they have no influence. Next-generation memory is of anticipatory character, which means that authors of historical fiction anticipate the readers – both present-day and future – not to have direct links to any witnesses of the events they discuss and to have little knowledge of the transcultural character of the Ukrainian Canadian diaspora.

Women’s Writing in Canada

Author: Patricia Demers

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802095011


Page: 357

View: 382

Second-Generation Memory and Contemporary Children’s Literature

Author: Anastasia Ulanowicz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136156208

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 8395

Winner of the Children’s Literature Association Book Award This book visits a range of textual forms including diary, novel, and picturebook to explore the relationship between second-generation memory and contemporary children’s literature. Ulanowicz argues that second-generation memory — informed by intimate family relationships, textual mediation, and technology — is characterized by vicarious, rather than direct, experience of the past. As such, children’s literature is particularly well-suited to the representation of second-generation memory, insofar as children’s fiction is particularly invested in the transmission and reproduction of cultural memory, and its form promotes the formation of various complex intergenerational relationships. Further, children’s books that depict second-generation memory have the potential to challenge conventional Western notions of selfhood and ethics. This study shows how novels such as Lois Lowry’s The Giver (1993) and Judy Blume’s Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself (1977) — both of which feature protagonists who adapt their elders’ memories into their own mnemonic repertoires — implicitly reject Cartesian notions of the unified subject in favor of a view of identity as always-already social, relational, and dynamic in character. This book not only questions how and why second-generation memory is represented in books for young people, but whether such representations of memory might be considered 'radical' or 'conservative'. Together, these analyses address a topic that has not been explored fully within the fields of children’s literature, trauma and memory studies, and Holocaust studies.

Czech Refugees in Cold War Canada

Author: Jan Raska

Publisher: Univ. of Manitoba Press

ISBN: 0887555705

Category: History

Page: 307

View: 2443

During the Cold War, more than 36,000 individuals entering Canada claimed Czechoslovakia as their country of citizenship. A defining characteristic of this migration of predominantly political refugees was the prevalence of anti-communist and democratic values. Diplomats, industrialists, politicians, professionals, workers, and students fled to the West in search of freedom, security, and economic opportunity. Jan Raska’s Czech Refugees in Cold War Canada explores how these newcomers joined or formed ethnocultural organizations to help in their attempts to affect developments in Czechoslovakia and Canadian foreign policy towards their homeland. Canadian authorities further legitimized the Czech refugees’ anti-communist agenda and increased their influence in Czechoslovak institutions. In turn, these organizations supported Canada’s Cold War agenda of securing the state from communist infiltration. Ultimately, an adherence to anti-communism, the promotion of Canadian citizenship, and the cultivation of a Czechoslovak ethnocultural heritage accelerated Czech refugees’ socioeconomic and political integration in Cold War Canada. By analyzing oral histories, government files, ethnic newspapers, and community archival records, Raska reveals how Czech refugees secured admission as desirable immigrants and navigated existing social, cultural, and political norms in Cold War Canada.