Progressive presentations of place-based identities in Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now

Lockney, Karen (2013) Progressive presentations of place-based identities in Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now. Children's Literature in Education, 44 (4). pp. 311-325. Full text not available from this repository.

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Abstract

This article provides a close reading of Meg Rosoff's award-winning novel How I Live Now. It argues that an understanding of the text can be extended through an application of ideas found in contemporary spatial discourse concerning place. Reading the novel within this context allows a discussion of ways in which it draws on established traditions within children's literature, but also of ways in which it challenges a view of place-based identities, and the social relations inherent within those, as being nostalgic and fixed. Whilst not unique in this respect, How I Live Now offers a particularly strong challenge to conceptions of place as being rooted in stability, a challenge which is pertinent to young readers negotiating postmodern contexts, and which offers them an optimistic and progressive consideration of place. The novel draws on some literary traditions which could be viewed as nostalgic-the imagined rural idyll, the country house and garden, the escape from the city-but Rosoff offers a subtle subversion of these traditions through her progressive consideration of place-based identities.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Children's Literature in Education
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1573-1693
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Health, Psychology and Social Studies > Lifelong and Interprofessional Learning
Depositing User: Karen Lockney
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 14:10
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2017 10:40
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2264

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