Are you different? Research into the image of 'the other' in childrens books during 1945-1970.

Jonna Mager

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Abstract

This master thesis focuses on the image of ‘the other’ in realistic Dutch children’s books in the post-war period (1945-1970). Is the stereotypical version of the other in this period mainly positive or negative? Ten children’s books were analysed, based on pre-defined theoretical aspects. This research shows indeed that the ‘the other’ in post-war children’s books are mostly characterised as weird or strange in the introduction of the character. Analysing these books in full however, shows a turnaround in the depiction of ‘the other’ in the course of the storyline. Also, moralisation and focalisation play an important role in how ‘the other’ in these books are depicted.
Translated title of the contributionAre you different?: Research into the image of 'the other' in childrens books during 1945-1970.
Original languageDutch
PublisherScience Shop, University of Groningen
Number of pages97
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2018

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