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My (Black) Britain: The West Indies and Britain in Twenty-First Century Nonfiction Picture Books

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Sands-O'Connor,Karen (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
2012-07
ISBN:
0006-7377
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Children, prose, 2000-2099, treatment of black identity, Caribbean, picture books, British and Irish literatures, relationship to ethnic communities, publishing
Notes:
Prior to the twenty-first century, nonfiction picture books in Britain rarely focused on the Black British community. As twenty-first-century Britain struggles to define itself, the education system is one way of institutionalizing and standardizing what it means to be British. By aligning with the National Curriculum standards, publishers of children's nonfiction have found ways to negotiate boundaries and re-envision meaning. Recent texts have used traditional models for British children's nonfiction to focus on areas of citizenship, identity, and history, but by redefining the boundaries between nation/outsider, self/other, and insider/outsider, have created new spaces for British identity and citizenship.