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EDU 21ACL – Australian Children’s Literature Australian Family Stories Hitler’s Daughter Jackie French © La Trobe University, David Beagley, 2006.

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1 EDU 21ACL – Australian Children’s Literature Australian Family Stories Hitler’s Daughter Jackie French © La Trobe University, David Beagley, 2006

2 Focus – Lecture 2 1. Jackie French 2. Background to Hitler’s Daughter 3. Structural and critical aspects 4. Distinctive features of this story as a family story 5. Issues with ‘Talking’ books

3 1.Jackie French Born Sydney in 1953, grew up in Brisbane, moved to her present home in the bush near Canberra in her early twenties. Is an active campaigner for environmental awareness and attitude change - Burke's Backyard, radio programmes, gardening columns in magazines such as Women's Weekly, Burke's Backyard, Earth-garden. Has written over 100 books in many styles – children’s picture books and novels, gardening and lifestyle, realist, historical, fantasy, mystery, thematic, humour Has won many awards across these genres

4 1.Jackie French - Awards Flesh and Blood 2004 Aurealis Award: shortlisted for Young Adult novel Ride the Wild Wind 2003 Patricia Wrightson Award: shortlisted Diary of a Wombat 2003 CBCA Picture BotY: Honour book In the Blood 2002 ACT BotY Lady Dance 2001 Notable Book: CBCA Stamp, Stomp,Whomp 2001 Notable Book: CBCA Missing You, Love Sara 2002 Notable Book: CBCA Hitler’s Daughter 2000 Winner, CBCA BotY : Younger Readers How to Guzzle Your Garden 2000 Shortlisted, Eve Pownall CBCA BotY Daughter of the Regiment 1999 Shortlisted, CBCA BotY : Younger Readers Somewhere Around the Corner 1995 Honour Book, CBCA BotY : Younger Readers, 1995 Family Therapists Award Walking the Boundaries 1994 Notable Book, CBCA BotY : Younger Readers The Roo that Won the Melbourne Cup 1992 Notable Book, CBCA BotY : Younger Readers Beyond the World of Light 1988 Golden Dagger Mystery Award

5 2.Background to Hitler’s Daughter Style Characters Setting

6 2.Background to Hitler’s Daughter Style Told in two time frames, one within the other Use of flash back to distinguish historical/present Use of Child’s voice and perspective Non judgemental – analysis is from characters, not authorial voice Problem looking for a Solution Ending left open

7 2.Background to Hitler’s Daughter Characters (story 1) Children : Mark Anna Little Tracey Ben Adults : parents and parent figures Mum & Dad Mrs Latter (bus driver) Mr McDonald (Teacher)

8 2.Background to Hitler’s Daughter Characters (story 2) Child : Heidi Adults : parent figures Fräulein Gelber Frau Mundt Duffi Frau Lieb It may be a coincidence but … Gelb = yellow, Mund = mouth, Lieb = love

9 2. Background to Hitler’s Daughter Setting Story 1 - Country Australia Wallaby Creek – bus stop, bus, home, school Rain, ‘waiting’ time Story 2 - Germany Country house, farmhouse, Berlin War, ‘waiting’ for Duffi

10 3.Structural and critical aspects Voice Plot development Theme/s Story type – sub genres

11 3. Structural and critical aspects Voice Omniscient authorial point of view But two stories told: Mark’s story of the Game Anna’s story about Heidi Each story has a questioning voice Mark in story 1 Heidi in story 2

12 3. Structural and critical aspects Plot development Little action – i.e. activity and consequence as sequence of events Focus is on situation and on the re-action and inter-action of characters Structure is gradual (guided) discovery and enlightenment Historic aspects may need scaffolding for less experienced reader

13 3.Structural and critical aspects Theme Nature vs Nurture ? Are we: the product of our genetics shaped by our environment or do we develop as a combination of many factors. The sins of the fathers Can a person be born ‘evil’? Choices and consequences War and Social Violence – should they be topics for children’s books?

14 3.Structural and critical aspects Story type/sub genre Multiple genres Family story: Domestic adventure Historic realism Story within a story Asks a ‘What If...’ question - conjectural

15 4.Distinctive features of this story as a family story Main protagonists in both stories are all the ‘only child’ – relationship with ‘parent’ is key Domestic settings – several, but each is important to its thematic situation Little interaction with parents (and parent figures) who are not ‘all knowing’ Child left to solve problem without adult intervention

16 5.Issues with ‘Talking’ books Advantages and disadvantages of this format Action – talk Immediacy – distance Comparison – confusion Perspective & point of view - what appeal to child reader Place in literature


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