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Narrative and the development of the literary reader : a study of narrative techniques through a consideration of the works of Jane Gardam


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Hiller, Claire Josephine 1984 , 'Narrative and the development of the literary reader : a study of narrative techniques through a consideration of the works of Jane Gardam', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This study considers a range of the techniques of narrative used in modern
literature for children. The central focus is on those aspects of
narrative which present difficulty for the young reader. These
include point of view, narrative structure, irony and the sense of ending,
aspects which may, singly or in combination, be ignored by the teacher.
In order to give a clear basis for the study of these aspects the fiction
of Jane Gardam has been selected as a representative of current approaches
to narrative in literature for the young. Her work is used as
illustrative of both the range and difficulties of narrative in current
children's literature. The analysis leads to a discussion of some of the
ways in which a teacher can mediate a book with a child in_order to help
him become a more sensitive and discerning reader, one who can both add to
a reading repertoire and select from it wisely, so that he is neither a
victim of the story nor a destructive critic unappreciative of the
storyteller's art or the issues embedded in a narrative; a reader with
aesthetic appreciation and critical discrimination in a balance that
allows him conscious freedom; a reader who is able to understand more
fully how he makes sense of both fiction and life.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Hiller, Claire Josephine
Keywords: Gardam, Jane, Reading comprehension, Children's stories
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Thesis (M.Ed.) - University of Tasmania, 1985. Includes bibliography

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