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self-reflexive

Subject: Literature

A term applied to literary works that openly reflect upon their own processes of artful composition. Such self‐referentiality is frequently found in modern works of fiction that repeatedly ...

Macaulay, David

Macaulay, David   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
585 words

... Caldecott Medal for Black and White , a bold, full-color picture book in which each page is divided into quadrants to tell four different stories until the visual elements of one story begin to appear in other stories. In Black and White Macaulay engages readers with his self-reflexive awareness that stories, like buildings, are mere constructions. Cathryn M. Mercier Anstey, Michele . “ ‘It's Not All Black and White': Postmodern Picture Books and New Literacies.” Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 45, no. 6 (2002): 444–457. Hoare, Geoffrey . “The...

Superheroes

Superheroes   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
1,159 words
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...ambivalent about his status as a superhero, neurotically aware that he was different from other people. The Fantastic Four, a team of superheroes, were also a collection of prickly personalities, often squabbling among themselves. Marvel creator Stan Lee introduced a hip, self-reflexive quality into comic books, sometimes poking fun at the conventions of the genre. The conception of the flawed superhero and the sense of absurdity were in keeping with the ethos of the 1960s counterculture. In the following years superheroes became even more complicated, often...

Films: Film Adaptations of Children's and Young Adult Literature

Films: Film Adaptations of Children's and Young Adult Literature   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
2,773 words
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...past cultural epoch and those of the present. Through this dialogue, the values and assumptions central to one particular cultural formation may be interrogated by means of comparison and contrast with the values and assumptions of another cultural formation, so that, both self- reflexively and implicitly, a new telling reproduces the existential concerns of the pre-text(s) even while it contests and transforms their significance. Any particular retelling therefore has the potential, at the very least, to negotiate between what is textually and culturally...

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