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‘Disaster To…..?’: Sustainability in English Children’s Literature: 1911-2013’

Webb, Jean ORCID: (2013) ‘Disaster To…..?’: Sustainability in English Children’s Literature: 1911-2013’. In: Sustainability. Research Focus Conference, Institute of Science and the Environment, University of Worcester, May 10th, 2013, University of Worcester. (Unpublished)

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The UN General Assembly in 1987 endorsed the parallel concept of education to support sustainable development. Literature has always been viewed as a means of educating children about their world and the possibilities for the future. Whilst in Australia, Canada and New Zealand writers have very consciously produced literature for children, excluding non-fiction, which addresses matters of environmental awareness and sustainability, such direct consideration is absent from English fiction for children. By referencing the indicators for sustainability identified in the ‘Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit’ (McKeown 2002) this paper will argue that in various ways English fiction for children has subtly addressed the matter of sustainability since Edith Nesbit’s The Amulet written in 1906.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: sustainable development, children's literature, sustainability, environmental awareness
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Jean Webb
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 11:17
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:59

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