The Necessity of an Anthropomorphic Approach to Children’s Literature

  title={The Necessity of an Anthropomorphic Approach to Children’s Literature},
  author={Chengcheng You},
  journal={Children's Literature in Education},
  • Chengcheng You
  • Published 4 April 2020
  • Art
  • Children's Literature in Education
The study focuses on the necessity of an anthropomorphic approach in deconstructing the symbolic understandings of animals in children’s literature, and considers how such an approach can be used to draw ethical attention to the unnatural history of animals in the Anthropocene. The paper analyses three children’s novels that depict animals without representing their subjectivity in characteristically human terms. These novels are Eva Hornung’s ferality tale Dog Boy (2009), Sonya Hartnett’s… 

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