Journal article

Children's literature in China: Revisiting ideologies of childhood and agency

Marek Tesar, Zhen Phoebe Tong, Andrew Gibbons, Sonja Arndt, Adrienne Sansom

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

In this article we consider historical and contemporary ideologies of childhood in China and critically examine notions of ‘child’ and ‘childhood’ in Chinese children’s literature. We analyse the themes and knowledge that relate to relevant historical and contemporary political events and policies, and how these contribute to the production of childhoods. We focus on three images of childhoods in China: the Confucian child, the Modern child and the Maoist child. Each of the images reflects a way of seeing, a perspective about what a child ought to be and become, and what their childhood should look like. Everyday media are reflected in the texts and stories examined and portray both ‘imagine..

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