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At Arm's Length – A Rhetoric of Character in Children's and Young Adult Literature - University Press of Mississippi
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At Arm's Length: A Rhetoric of Character in Children's and Young Adult Literature

Mike Cadden

Abstract

At Arm’s Length is a study of the ways that authors manipulate character in children’s and young adult literature in order to create more or less sympathy in the reader. Authors can push character representation and development into several directions: characters can be pushed along a continuum between the sympathetic and the awe-inspiring; characters can be pushed between the sympathetic and pitiful or the ridiculous; last, characters can also be pushed between the awe-inspiring and the pitiful. Authors manipulate character in order to elicit a change in emotional response from the reader tow ... More

Keywords: Narrative, Empathy, Ethics, Hero, Diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781496834584
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2022 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496834584.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike Cadden, author