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Clare Bradford has been a professor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Melbourne. 'Her research examines the interplay between children's literature and the social practices it represents and advocates. She has focused especially on representations of Indigenous peoples and cultures in children's texts, and on Indigenous textuality for children, publishing two books on this topic: Reading Race: Aboriginality in Australian Children's Literature (2001), and Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature (2007), in addition to many essays.

'A second strand of research examining how children's literature following the end of the Cold War has engaged with political, social and environmental questions is addressed in her book New World Orders in Children's Literature: Utopian Transformations (2008), co-authored with three Australian colleagues. A third collaborative project focuses on Australian children's texts since 1990, exploring the values they promote with regard to multiculturalism, immigration and community relations.'

Professor Bradford has been President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature and her books have attracted international prizes. In 2009 she was awarded the inaugural International Trudeau Visiting Fellowship.

Source: Deakin University media release, 15 September 2009,
Sighted: 21/10/2009

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y separately published work icon Unsettling Narratives : Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature Waterloo : Wilfrid Laurier University Press , 2007 Z1415102 2007 single work criticism

'Children's books seek to assist children to understand themselves and their world. Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature demonstrates how settler-society texts position child readers as citizens of postcolonial nations, how they represent the colonial past to modern readers, what they propose about race relations, and how they conceptualize systems of power and government.

Clare Bradford focuses on texts produced since 1980 in Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand and includes picture books, novels, and films by Indigenous and non-Indigenous publishers and producers. From extensive readings, the author focuses on key works to produce a thorough analysis rather than a survey. Unsettling Narratives opens up an area of scholarship and discussion - the use of postcolonial theories - relatively new to the field of children's literature and demonstrates that many texts recycle the colonial discourses naturalized within mainstream cultures ' (From publisher's catalogue).

Contents: Introduction. Part One: 'When Languages Collide': Resistance and Representation 1. Language, Resistance, and Subjectivity.2. Indigenous Texts and Publishers.3. White Imaginings.4. Telling the Past. Part Two: Place and Postcolonial Significations.5. Space, Time, Nation. 6. Borders, Journeys, and Liminality.7. Politics and Place.8. Allegories of Place and Race.Conclusion

2007 finalist Foreword Reviews : INDIES Education
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