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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 9: The World Novel in English to 1950$
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Ralph Crane, Jane Stafford, and Mark Williams

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199609932

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199609932.001.0001

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Juvenile Fiction

Juvenile Fiction

(p.280) 15 Juvenile Fiction
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Mavis Reimer

Clare Bradford

Heather Snell

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the juvenile fiction of the British settler colonies to 1950, and considers how writers both take up forms familiar to them from British literature and revise these forms in the attempt to account for the specific geography, politics, and cultures of their places. It is during this time that the heroics associated with building the empire had taken hold of British cultural and literary imaginations. Repeatedly, the juvenile fiction of settler colonies returns to the question of the relations between settlers and Indigenous inhabitants—sometimes respecting the power of Indigenous knowledge and traditions; often expressing the conviction of natural British superiority to Indigenous ways of knowing and living; always revealing, whether overtly or covertly, the haunting of the stories of settler cultures by the displacement of Indigenous peoples on whose land those cultures are founded.

Keywords:   juvenile fiction, British settler colonies, Indigenous peoples, British literature, British superiority

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