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Scrumdiddlyumptious Stories: Reflections and Reinforcements of Ideological Structures in Roald Dahl's Books for Children


Abstract Roald Dahl's books for children have often been characterized as deviating from "normal" plots in books for children because they feature elements and themes (e.g., violence, crude/rude behavior and humor, inversions of authority) that make representatives of the dominant culture (parents, school officials, teachers, librarians, etcetera) uncomfortable. Rather than view the stories holistically, challengers are quick to latch on to the specific incidents within these texts that cause discomfort, and use the particular as grounds to object to the whole. A deeper, and more critical, look reveals that instead of straying from established elements and themes in children's stories, Dahl's works have much in common with fair... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Roy, Sohinee (Author) / Blasingame, James (Advisor) / Goggin, Maureen Daly (Committee member) / Moulton, Ian F. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Rhetoric / Literature / Children's literature / Critical theory / Fairy tales / Hegemony / Roald Dahl
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 57 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note M.A. English 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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