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dc.contributor.authorMyers, Lindsay
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-13T12:18:49Z
dc.date.available2018-03-13T12:18:49Z
dc.date.issued2017-04
dc.identifier.citationMyers, L. "Historicized Fiction or Fictionalized History?: Lia Levi's Cecilia va alla guerra and the Legacy of the First World War in Contemporary Italian Children's Literature." The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 41 no. 2, 2017, pp. 167-185. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/uni.2017.0016en_IE
dc.identifier.issn1080-6563
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/7198
dc.description.abstractHistorical fiction has always been a popular genre in international children's literature, and recent decades have seen a notable increase in the number of novels for children set during the First World War. Providing authentic experiences of past events while simultaneously respecting the attitudes and norms of today's readers can, however, constitute a significant ideological and philosophical conundrum. As Catherine Butler and Hallie O'Donovan have observed, "in a world riven by the effect of cultural mistrust and incomprehension writers seem to face a difficult choice: that of presenting a sanitized past with at least the sympathetic characters displaying an ahistorically liberal sensibility; or appearing to normalise and perpetuate those attitudes through fiction."1 Innovative narrative techniques and point-of-view shifts can be effective tools for engaging contemporary readers with the past, and narratives with first-person perspectives and multiple focalization have become extremely popular in contemporary First World War fiction for children.2 The employment of unconventional narrative perspectives is not, however, in and of itself, inherently progressive; the ideological message of any text being as bound up with the plot, the language, the structural patterns, and the characterization as well as with the accompanying paratextual materials. National biases can also often exert a powerful influence on the content and style of children's historical fiction, particularly when the work is set during a founding moment in that nation's history.en_IE
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dc.publisherJohns Hopkins University Pressen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofLion And The Unicornen
dc.subjectChildren's literatureen_IE
dc.subjectHistorical fictionen_IE
dc.subjectCecilia va alla guerraen_IE
dc.subjectLia Levien_IE
dc.subjectItalian children's literatureen_IE
dc.titleHistoricized fiction or fictionalized history?: Lia Levi's Cecilia va alla guerra and the legacy of the First World War in contemporary Italian children's literatureen_IE
dc.typeArticleen_IE
dc.date.updated2017-10-26T08:58:35Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1353/uni.2017.0016
dc.local.publishedsourcehttps://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/lion-and-unicornen_IE
dc.description.peer-reviewedpeer-reviewed
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dc.local.contactLindsay Myers, Dept. Of Italian, Room 315, Arts Millennium Building, Nui Galway. 2396 Email: lindsay.myers@nuigalway.ie
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