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Lying in children’s fiction: morality and the imagination

Ringrose, C. (2006) Lying in children’s fiction: morality and the imagination. Children's Literature in Education. 37(3), pp. 229-236. 0045-6713.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: The telling of lies is significant in fiction written for children, and is often (though not in all cases) performed by child protagonists. Lying can be examined from at least three perspectives: philosophical, moral and aesthetic. The moral and the aesthetic are the most significant for children's literature. Morality has been subtly dealt with in Anne Fine's A Pack of Liars and Nina Bawden's Humbug. The aesthetic dimension involves consideration of lying's relation to imagination, fantasy and creativity; Richmal Crompton's William: the Showman and Geraldine McCaughrean's A Pack of Lies show this at a complex, metafictional, level
Additional Information: UoA 57, RAE 2008
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children's fiction; Lying; Truthfulness; Morality; Imagination; Richmal Crompton; Anne Fine; Geraldine Caughrean
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PZ Children's literature
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR821 Prose fiction. The novel
Creators: Ringrose, Christopher
Publisher: Springer
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Date: 1 September 2006
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 229-236
Journal or Publication Title: Children's Literature in Education
Volume: 37
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 0045-6713
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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