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'In the hands of the Receivers': The Politics of Literacy in The Savage by David Almond and Dave McKean

Hateley, Erica (2012) 'In the hands of the Receivers': The Politics of Literacy in The Savage by David Almond and Dave McKean. Children's Literature in Education, 43(2), pp. 170-180.

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Abstract

David Almond and Dave McKean's The Savage is a hybrid prose and graphic novel which tells the story of one young man’s maturation through literacy. The protagonist learns to deal with the death of his father and his own 'savage' self by writing a graphic novel. This article reads The Savage in the context of earlier, 'Northern' literacy narrative - particularly Tony Harrison's poem "Them & [uz]" and Barry Hines' Kes — through the discourse of neoliberalism and the notion of the reluctant boy reader. It is suggested that Almond and McKean are influenced by currently dominant ideologies of gender and literacy.

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ID Code: 48914
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: children's literature, gender, literacy, neoliberalism
DOI: 10.1007/s10583-012-9160-9
ISSN: 0045-6713
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > British and Irish Literature (200503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Literary Studies not elsewhere classified (200599)
Divisions: Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Deposited On: 01 Mar 2012 06:16
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2014 02:22

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