Exploring taboos in children's literature: do they still exist?

Baillie, Katie (2007) Exploring taboos in children's literature: do they still exist? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The core investigation of this dissertation is whether taboos still exist in children's literature. With this I investigate the meaning of the word 'taboo' and observe whether taboos have always existed, as well as how much of an impact censorship has. I argue that the recent breaking down of taboos is necessary in today's society as a means for controlled learning by children. Using interviews with parents and publishers, as well as looking at contemporary titles from different age groups, it is established which taboos have been broken and which still exist. This dissertation also investigates how different age groups are affected by different taboos. I construct a history of children's literature in order to ascertain if that has indeed always existed and thus if taboos and censorship have always been in place. I use a case study of the author Morris Gleitzman and his book Two Weeks with the Queen to examine successful examples of how breaking a taboo can lead to the education of young readers. This dissertation concludes that a subject is taboo if treated incorrectly, and that taboo subjects do still exist. It is also established that parents and publishers require them to do so.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/316

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