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Prize Culture and Diversity in British Children’s Literature

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lucy Pearson, Professor Karen Sands-O'Connor, Dr Aishwarya Subramanian



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Edinburgh University Press Ltd., 2019.

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Literary prizes often determine eligibility in terms of nationality; this article posits that they also play a significant role in constructing national literatures. An analysis of the Carnegie Medal, the UK’s oldest children’s book award, and some of its competitors, including the Guardian Prize and Other Award demonstrates the tension between the desire to claim cultural value for children’s literature and to construct a body of literature that represents the real and imagined community of the nation. In the UK, this tension appears most notably with regard to depictions of Black, Asian and minority ethnic Britons.

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Author(s): Pearson L, Sands--Connor K, Subramanian A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Research in Children's Literature

Year: 2019

Volume: 12

Issue: 1

Pages: 90-106

Print publication date: 01/07/2019

Online publication date: 01/06/2019

Acceptance date: 01/04/2019

Date deposited: 08/05/2019

ISSN (print): 1755-6198

ISSN (electronic): 1755-6201

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Ltd.


DOI: 10.3366/ircl.2019.0293


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