Review of 'Children's Literature as Communication: The Chilpa Project'
Language and Literature, Vol. 14.2, pp. 205-208, 2005
7 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2010
Date Written: 2005
"Children's Literature as Communication: The ChiLPA Project" is a volume of essays edited by Roger Sell (Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2002). The acronym ChiLPA stands for ‘Children’s Literature, Pure and Applied’, a research and doctoral training programme at Åbo Akademi. The high points in the book are Roger Sell’s introduction and his chapter ‘Reader-learners: Children’s Novels and Participatory Pedagogy’, together with Maria Nikolajeva’s ch. 6. There are other notable contributions by Niklas Bengtsson and Rosemary Ross Johnston. The volume is divided into three parts: ‘Initiating’ and ‘Negotiating’ are more theoretical/critical, while ‘Responding: Pragmatic variables’ is more directly concerned with pedagogical research projects and curricular design.
Keywords: Literature, Children's literature, Communication, Literary pragmatics, Narratology
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