Children's Literature in Education. Jun2017, Vol. 48 Issue 2, p119-133. 15p.
AFRICAN Americans in literature, RACISM in literature, RACIALIZATION, AFFECT (Psychology), READING interests of children, and IMAGERY (Psychology) in literature
Perceptions of black representations in literature and other visual mediums as positive or negative continuously cause consternation and debate (Fleetwood, 2011). Because African American children are literacy participants and consumers, they are not immune from experiencing this tension. This essay considers the effects and affective threads of racism and racialization connected to visuality (Foster, 1988), and how educators might support and nurture children's roles as aesthetic critics and critical readers of books featuring racial imagery and representations. The young African American readers in this study resist a picturebook using colorist logic and macro-level social indexing of phenotypic traits. The author argues that negative social messages about blackness within the larger ethos of society, as well as the absence of diverse representations in children's literature, contribute to such interpretations. She suggests explicitly teaching African American children about counter-visuality and the ways in which 'art works' to shape and transform understandings about complex experiences like racism. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Children's Literature in Education. Mar2009, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p33-45. 13p.
AFRICAN Americans in literature, HISTORICAL fiction, RACISM in literature, and AMERICAN literature
This article analyzes the 2002 Coretta Scott King Award book by Mildred Taylor entitled The Land. The novel and its author are situated within a tradition of historical fiction written by and about African Americans. I then offer an analysis that utilizes Critical Race Theory as an interpretive tool for examining the ways Taylor embeds meanings of land ownership into the novel. In particular the following themes emerged: (1) inspiration and adoration, (2) entitlement and privilege, and (3) freedom and security. The conclusion addresses the importance of applying Critical Race Theory to literary studies as well as identifying ways to purposefully incorporate African American young adult historical fiction within today’s classrooms. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Children's Literature in Education. Sep2008, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p201-212. 12p.
AFRICAN Americans, CHILDREN'S literature, HUMOR in literature, RACE in literature, and RACISM in literature
This article examines the utilization of racial humor in Christopher Paul Curtis’ novel, The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963. The theoretical perspectives that inform the analysis include critical race theory and humor theory. The results of the analysis reveal that the use of humor in this book is influenced to a significant degree by race and racism. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]