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Glass Slippers, Stinky Cheese Men and Percy Jackson: An Introduction to Folklore in Contemporary Children's Literature

8th February 2017, 17:30 to 19:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Dr Jennifer Ford (Hong Kong University)

An Inventions of the Text seminar, to which all are welcome.

What exactly is folklore and where does it come from? Folklore embodies recognisable motifs and themes that continue to delight, amuse, perplex and sometimes frighten readers of all ages. Recent retellings and revisions of folklore, such as fractured fairy tales, reveal the rich and often subversive nature of folklore in contemporary children's and young adult literature. This seminar will explore some of the reasons why folklore continues to be such a strong presence in classrooms, libraries and in literature for children and young people. Drawing on literary criticism as well as children's librarianship and education theories, the questions of why these stories continue to hold such fascination for children and why teachers and parents continue to read these stories to children will be discussed.

Dr Ford teaches children’s literature in a Masters programme in Information Science in the Faculty of Education at HKU, and she is a qualified librarian as well as having a doctorate in English literature. Her research spans the disciplines of education, literary criticism, developmental psychology and librarianship.

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