The representation of abuse and neglect in modern children's literature and its significance
Rawsthorne, Ffion (2015) The representation of abuse and neglect in modern children's literature and its significance. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.
The aim of this dissertation, in its entirety, is to explore how abuse and neglect of children is represented in modern children's literature. It's significant to note how there has always been some form of neglect and abuse in literature,from the first oral tales, to written down fairy tales; throughout history the way this topic has been dealt with has changed and it is in today's modern interpretation I am most interested. This exploration will be aided by three key texts, Jake's Tower by Elizabeth Laird, The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling, specifically Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. Through these texts, along with my own creative artefact The Crossroads, and secondary sources, I will stress how important and influential this topic is to young readers as a source of enlightenment as well as hope.
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