Looking Glasses and Neverlands

Looking Glasses and Neverlands : Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature

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This study introduces and explores Lacan's complex theories of subjectivity and desire through close readings of cananical children's books such as "Charlotte's Web", "Stellaluna", "Holes", "Tangerine" and "The Chocolate War". It provides an introduction to this body of work while making the claim that children's textual encounters are as significant as their existential ones in constituting their subjectivities and giving shape to their desires. The texts render lucid Lacan's theory, and the theory helps explain why the text remain so profoundly influential in constructing a childs's sense of self.show more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 147.32 x 223.52 x 12.7mm | 317.51g
  • University of Iowa Press
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1587295865
  • 9781587295867
  • 931,957

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"Smart and engaging, Looking Glasses and Neverlands is the best extended psychoanalytic study of children's literature yet available.... The beauty of Coats's book is that it shows that Lacan's work is especially suited for the study of children's literature. Who knew?" - KENNETH KIDD, Children's Literature Association Quarterly"show more

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