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Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature by Margery Hourihan

Deconstructing the Hero: Literary Theory and Children's Literature by Margery Hourihan

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This book sets out to explore the structure and meanings within the most popular of all literary genres - the adventure story. Deconstructing the Hero offers analytical readings of some of the most widely read adventure stories such as Treasure Island , the James Bond stories and Star Wars. The book describes how adventure stories are influential in shaping children's perception and establishing values.
When many of these stories define non-white, non-European people as inferior, and women as marginal or incapable, we should be worried about what they are teaching our children to think. Margery Hourihan shows how teaching children to read books critically can help to prevent the establishment of negative attitudes, discourage aggression and promote values of emotion and creativity.

Author
Margery Hourihan
Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Date of release
Pages
264
ISBN
9780415141864
Binding
Paperback
Illustrations
Format
PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC
Rating
4
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