From Picture Book to Literary Theory

Author: Edited by John Stephens, Judith Parker & Ken Watson, Publisher: Phoenix

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
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Year Level Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
ISBN 9781876757168
Subject English