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A token to the future : a digital ‘archive’ of early Australian children’s literature

Mallan, Kerry M., Cross, Amy, & Allan, Cherie (2012) A token to the future : a digital ‘archive’ of early Australian children’s literature. Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, 22(1), pp. 94-108.

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Abstract

This essay considers a specific digital ‘archive’ of early Australian children’s literature, known as the Children’s Literature Digital Resources (CLDR), which is located in AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource ( http://www.austlit.edu.au ). We examine what the CLDR collection can tell us about Australia’s history. To narrow the scope, we focus on how Australia was constructing itself as a nation with its own character, or national identity, in texts written for children from the latter part of the nineteenth century up until the end of World War II. Our approach is to consider how early Australian children’s literature included in the CLDR collection rhetorically constructs nation and place, and in so doing constructs an Australian identity for its implied readers.

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ID Code: 53435
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Australian children's literature, digital archive, AustLit, Children's literature digital resources , national identity
ISSN: 1034-9243
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2012 08:46
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2012 14:35

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