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The fact of metafiction in nineteenth-century children's literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne's A Wonder Book and Elizabeth Stoddard's Lolly Dinks's Doings
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies. (Kulturvetenskapliga forskargruppen (KUFO))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7640-0639
2016 (English)In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 15, no 2, 132-141 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines two American books for children: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys (1851) and Elizabeth Stoddard’s Lolly Dinks’s Doings (1874). In both books, fairy tales or myths are framed by a contemporary American setting in which the stories is told. It is in these realistic frames with an adult storyteller and child listeners that metafictional features are found. The article shows that Hawthorne and Stoddard use a variety of metafictional elements. So, although metafiction has been regarded as a postmodernist development in children’s literature, there are in fact instances of metafiction in nineteenth-century American children’s literature.

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2016. Vol. 15, no 2, 132-141 p.
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metafiction, children’s literature, nineteenth-century American literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Wonder Book, Elizabeth Stoddard, Lolly Dinks’s
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-43580OAI: diva2:942381
Available from: 2016-06-23 Created: 2016-06-23 Last updated: 2016-12-12

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