De-constructing Dahl

De-constructing Dahl

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This is the first single-authored monograph on Roald Dahl since 1994. Remarkably, in spite of Dahla€™s commercial success, and the divided opinions he generates, very little scholarly work on the author has been produced. In the light of social cultural constructivist theory, De-constructing Dahl focuses on the critical context, the texts and the paratexts that make up the packaging of a€œDahl.a€ It offers the first thorough overview of the criticism and the language employed to discuss Dahl since the 1970s, the difficulties that using such language entails, and how it still permeates current criticism. It delves into the relationship between Dahla€™s childrena€™s and adult fiction by drawing comparisons and contrasts and exploring the common traits and patterns that bring his whole work together. It also examines how Dahl constructed himself as a childrena€™s writer; how his publishing house and allies contribute to mediate and sustain the Dahl public persona; the ways that marketing strategies are responsible for the identity of his books; and how editorial decisions about the age range, and, therefore, how the classification of a manuscript as a book for children or for adults constructs particular ideas of what a€œchildrena€™s literaturea€ is, and what is considered a€œappropriatea€ or a€œunsuitablea€ for children to read.enhanced by the comments she makes just before citing the children: a€œSophie is judiciously aware of how Dahla#39;s strategy ... they had pinned down what makes Dahla#39;s books so attractivea€”implying that Nicholson already knew first.30 Interestingly, Nicholson ... When recruiting children for their study, Maynard and McKnight found out that a€œit proved difficult to find enough ... a child in written form, as Nicholson did, (a€œWhat do you feel are the particular reasons for Roald Dahla#39;s popularity?


Title:De-constructing Dahl
Author: Laura Vinas Valle
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2016-01-14
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