The Contemporary Lives of Age-Old Tales: Characters, Contexts, and Critical Issues

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Article is a study examining three picture books to consider the significance of contemporary retellings of traditional tales.

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Mathis, Janelle 2019.

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  • Main Title: The Contemporary Lives of Age-Old Tales: Characters, Contexts, and Critical Issues
  • Parallel Title: Suvremeni život drevnih priča: likovi, konteksti i kritička pitanja

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Article is a study examining three picture books to consider the significance of contemporary retellings of traditional tales.

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Abstract: Aligned with the sociocultural nature of traditional tales and other folk literature of the Western world, this study examines three picturebooks to consider the significance of contemporary retellings of traditional tales. A critical content analysis approach to text and images employs select tenets of a particular theory for each book inclusive of childism, post-colonial, and archetype theories. The findings relate each book to current sociocultural issues: the agentic child in building community; colonial and post-colonial understandings; and identity, stereotypes, and archetypes. Additionally, environmental themes are woven through each. The findings support the ongoing significance of these living folktales for personal and community development as they connect intertextually across eras and national cultures.

Suvremeni život drevnih priča: likovi, konteksti i kritička pitanja - Uz društvenokulturnu narav tradicionalnih priča i drugih oblika folklorne književnosti zapadnoga svijeta, ovaj rad istražuje tri slikovnice te razmatra suvremene inačice drevnih priča. Tekstu i slikama pristupa se kritičkom analizom sadržaja te se upotrebljavaju odabrane perspektive određenih teorija u raščlambi pojedinih naslova, uključujući teoriju djecizma (childism), postkolonijalnu i arhetipsku teoriju. Rezultati povezuju svaku analiziranu knjigu sa suvremenom sociokulturnom tematikom, tj. temom djelatnoga djeteta u uspostavljanju zajednice, kolonijalnoga i postkolonijalnoga razumijevanja, kao i identiteta, stereotipa i
arhetipa. Osim toga, u svim se analizama provlači i tematika okoliša. Utvrđuje se trajna važnost živih folklornih priča za osobni razvoj i razvoj zajednice jer one intertekstualno povezuju različita razdoblja i nacionalne kulture.

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  • Libri & Liberi, 8(1), Croatian Association of Researchers in Children's Literature, 2019, pp. 1-16

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  • Publication Title: Libri & Liberi
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue: 1
  • Page Start: 11
  • Page End: 26
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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Mathis, Janelle. The Contemporary Lives of Age-Old Tales: Characters, Contexts, and Critical Issues, article, 2019; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1944130/: accessed May 18, 2024), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Education.

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