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Childhood, Power, and Travel in Salvatore Rubbino’s Picture Books: A Walk in the City
Kennon, Patricia
This article examines Salvatore Rubbino’s three travel-guide picture-book texts and the ideological management of childhood, mobility, adult-child power dynamics, and the city that they reveal. Rubbino’s books assume adults’ pedagogic and social authority, characters’ economic power (and tacitly that of readers), and an untroubled engagement with globalization, tourism, and consumption discourses. While guidebooks for children possess great potential for the promotion of child-centred discovery, literary tourism experiences for child readers, and the opportunity for young people to inhabit and explore “other” places and perspectives through literature, Rubbino’s picture books are preoccupied ultimately with an ideological regulation of children’s imaginative and physical mobility.
Keyword(s): picture books; guidebooks; the city; mobility; travel writing; Rubbino; Salvatore
Publication Date:
2016
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): Kennon, Patricia (2016) Childhood, Power, and Travel in Salvatore Rubbino’s Picture Books: A Walk in the City. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 8 (1). pp. 20-41. ISSN 1920-2601
Publisher(s): The Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg
File Format(s): other
Related Link(s): http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/8624/1/project_muse_629395.pdf
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