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The effects of social and political dislocation on Persianate children's literature : change and continuity

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dc.contributor.advisor Van der Walt, Thomas, 1957-
dc.contributor.author Abdelsadek, Nafisa
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-31T07:24:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-31T07:24:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4724
dc.description.abstract This thesis seeks to investigate the various forces that have shaped modern Persianate children‘s literature - history, revolution, political climate, government, institutions, writers, education, and so on. The historical origins of tales popular in modern times, and of themes recurrent in stories from past times to present are analyzed, along with other factors which have shaped Persianate children‘s literature. The thesis begins with a historical and theoretical overview relating to change and continuity in Persianate children‘s literature. It examines the influence of ancient texts on modern Persianate children‘s stories. The cultural development reflected in the organizational infrastructure of institutions is also examined, as well as other contemporary influences, both social and political, in order to assess how these have affected modern Persianate children‘s literature. The contents of children‘s books are analyzed from different aspects, including their representation of social values. Concerns of children themselves are shown in examples of their own work; in addition, works of illustrators of children‘s books, and examples from the extended body of Persianate children‘s literature in Tajikistan are analyzed. Modern children‘s literature is the product of a number of influences and while differences can be perceived between historical periods, underlying similarities can also be seen which show a continuity of socio-political purpose, either supporting the status quo or challenging it. The thesis is concerned with this interplay between the recurring uses of children‘s literature; moralistic, didactic, the political agenda of its authors, criticism of the status quo, etc. and the surface changes which attract attention and which create an appearance of change in its underlying purpose. Fashions and styles may change, but children still read, firstly in order to learn to read, and then for information and amusement. The author contends that, in reality a limited number of changes are possible in the purpose of children‘s literature, and the age-old arguments likewise continue about what those are: entertainment or preparation for the harsh realities of life, retreat into fantasy and acceptance of one‘s place or incitement to rebel and change the world. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vii, 418 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Social change en
dc.subject Political upheaval en
dc.subject Educational development en
dc.subject Iran en
dc.subject Tajikistan en
dc.subject Middle East en
dc.subject Farsi en
dc.subject Children's literature en
dc.subject Persianate languages
dc.subject Traditional stories
dc.subject Iranzamin
dc.subject.ddc 891.55099282|
dc.subject.lcsh Children's literature, Persian -- Political aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Children's literature, Persian -- Social aspects
dc.title The effects of social and political dislocation on Persianate children's literature : change and continuity en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Information Science
dc.description.degree D.Litt. et Phil.


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