Australian Literature for Young People eBook

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Rosemary Ross Johnston

Australian Literature for Young People eBook

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Rosemary Ross Johnston




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This is an innovative and comprehensive research-based approach to Australian literature for young people, within a literary, cultural, and educational context.

In the words of the author, "we must encourage a broader and deeper knowledge of this country; its history; its people; and its art; to truly understand and appreciate its literature. This will nurture enquiry and promote educational creativity."

Australian Literature for Young People outlines current expectations and challenges facing Australian schools and why literature matters so much in such an environment and it notes the contributions of literary studies to research and research methodologies. It stresses the significance of Australia's Indigenous heritage in literature, culture, and education, and reflects on its importance for teachers, community and policy makers.

This is a book about Australia and deals principally with Australian literature but does so with appropriate reference both to Western literary heritages and to that of other countries in the Asian-Pacific regional context, including China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.


1: Magic, Spels and Gramarye
2: The Twenty-First-Century Australian Context: Educating Rita-and Mehmet and Alinga and Chinh and
3: Creative, Organic Pedagogies and Deep Literacy
4: The Centrality of Story
5: Interrelationships: Language, Literacy, Literature
6: Narrative Patterns: Narrator, Plot, Characters, Setting and Themes
7: The World that Creates-and Recreates-the Text
8: Indigenous Storytelling
9: Romance and Realism and the Spaces Between: Fantasy and Fairytales, Contemporary and Historical Realism and Social Issues
10: The Picturebook Genre: Semiotics, Semantics and Style
11: Cross-curriculum: Australia and Asia-Sharing Stories and Global Citizenship
12: Towards a Poetics of Australian Children's Literature


Rosemary Ross Johnston is a Professor of Education and Culture at the University of Technology, Sydney

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Chapter 1: Magic, Spels and Gramarye