From Picture Book to Literary Theory
From Picture Book to Literary Theory provides teachers of secondary English from about Year 9 to Year 12 with a lively and practical means of helping students understand some of the central concepts in modem literary theory. The contemporary picture book is generally recognised as an important area of experimentation in ways of knowing and communicating, and thus provides teachers with a challenging and economical way of dealing with current theories of text production and reception.
The book also has an 'Alternatives' section, which lists and provides activities on a number of titles that can be substituted for the titles in the twenty-three units, giving the book greater flexibility.
The units in the book are designed for small group discussion, beginning with the familiar reader response theory, and moving on to such concepts as the distinction between "story" and "discourse", and the notions of focalisation, intertextuality, metafiction. In particular, the difficult concept of ideology is explored from many angles.
Each unit has a page for the teacher with necessary background information, and a photocopiable activity page for students.
Picture Book to Literary Theory Contents
|1 John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat||Reader Response/social construction of readers|
|2 Give a Dog a Name||Social/cultural construction of readers|
|3 Grandads Gifts||Reader response/individual aesthetic responses|
|4 Granpa and Not Now, Bernard||Telling gaps|
|5 Versions of Hansel and Gretel||Story and discourse|
|6 My Hiroshima and Where the Forest Meets the Sea||Upfront ideology|
|7 Bear Hunt||Constructedness of texts|
|8 Prince Cinders and Princess Smarty pants||Concealed ideology|
|9 Feathers and Fools||Ideology: upfront versus implicit|
|10 Tusk Tusk||Ideology/deconstruction|
|11 Piggybook||Gender/alternative readings|
|12 Versions of The Three Little Pigs||Unreliable narrator/ideology|
|13 Big Dog and Beware Beware||Focalisation|
|14 The Widow's Broom||Feminism|
|15 The Wolf||Deconstruction/intertextualiry|
|16 Changes||Poststructuralism/frames of reference|
|17 The Stranger||Defamiliarisation|
|18 Rose Blanche and Let the Celebrations Begin||Cultural materialism|
|19 Encounter and Death of the Iron Horse||Post-colonial literary theory|
|20 June 29, 1999||Postmodernism|
|21 Black and White||Metafiction|
|22 Do Not Go Around the Edges||Centring and marginalising|
|23 The Story of the Falling Star||Transforming traditional story|
|Crusher Is Coming, Dear Diary, Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase, Falling Angels, Fox, The Great Escape from City Zoo, In Flanders Fields, The Lost Thing, My Dog,One World, An Ordinary Day, Pog, The Princess and the Perfect Dish, The Rabbits,The Three Pigs, Ug, Voices in the Park|
|Year Level||Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12|