Subjectivity in Asian Children’s Literature and Film

Global Theories and Implications

Edited by John Stephens

© 2013 – Routledge

232 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2012-09-17
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About the Book

Winner of the Children’s Literature Association Honor Book Award

This volume establishes a dialogue between East and West in children’s literature scholarship. In all cultures, children’s literature shows a concern to depict identity and individual development, so that character and theme pivot on questions of agency and the circumstances that frame an individual’s decisions and capacities to make choices and act upon them. Such issues of selfhood fall under the heading subjectivity. Attention to the representation of subjectivity in literature enables us to consider how values are formed and changed, how emotions are cultivated, and how maturation is experienced. Because subjectivities emerge in social contexts, they vary from place to place. This book brings together essays by scholars from several Asian countries — Japan, India, Pakistan, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, and The Philippines — to address subjectivities in fiction and film within frameworks that include social change, multiculturalism, post-colonialism, globalization, and glocalization. Few scholars of western children's literature have a ready understanding of what subjectivity entails in children’s literature and film from Asian countries, especially where Buddhist or Confucian thought remains influential. This volume will impact scholarship and pedagogy both within the countries represented and in countries with established traditions in teaching and research, offering a major contribution to the flow of ideas between different academic and educational cultures.


Winner of the Children’s Literature Association Honor Book Award

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword 1. Introduction: The Politics of Identity: a Transcultural Perspective on Subjectivity in Writing for Children John Stephens 2. Metamorphosis: The Emergence of Glocal Subjectivities in the Blend of Global, Local, East and West Anna Katrina Gutierrez 3. The Muslima within American Children’s Literature: Female Identity and Subjectivity in Novels about Pakistani-Muslim Characters Seemi Aziz 4. Cooperation and Negotiation—Formation of Subjectivity in Japanese and Australian Picture Books Miyuki Hisaoka 5. Subjectivity and Culture Consciousness in Chinese Children’s Literature Lifang Li 6. "How Can I Be the Protagonist of My Own Life?": Intimations of Hope for Teen Subjectivities in Korean Fiction and Film Sung-Ae Lee 7. Contingent Subjectivity and Masculinity in Japanese Film for Young People Christie Barber 8. Strong Is Beautiful: A Thai-Thai Happiness Salinee Antarasena 9. Subjectivity and Ethnicity in Vietnamese Folktales with Metamorphosed Heroes Tran Quynh Ngoc Bui 10. All is Relative, Nothing is Reliable: Inuyasha and Japanese Subjectivities Mio Bryce 11. Strategic empowerment: a study of subjectivity in contemporary Indian English children’s fiction Suchismita Banerjee 12. Subjectivity without Identity: Huang Chunming’s Fiction in Postcolonial Vein Suh Shan Chen and Ming Cherng Duh 13. Scrivener's Progeny: Writing the Subject Robyn McCallum

About the Editor

John Stephens is Emeritus Professor in English at Macquarie University, Australia.

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General