Character Focalization in Children’s Novels

  • Don K. Philpot

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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  3. Investigating Character Focalization in Children’s Novels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
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  4. Perceptual and Psychological Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
  5. Personal Development and Understandings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
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  6. Character Focalization in and Beyond Children’s Novels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 301-314

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive analysis of character focalization in ten contemporary realistic children’s novels. The author argues that character focalization, defined as the location of fictional world perception in the mind of a character, is a prominent textual structure in these novels. He demonstrates how significant meanings are conveyed in a variety of forms related to characters’ personal and interpersonal experiences. Through close analysis of each text, moreover, he exposes distinctive perceptual, psychological, and social-psychological patterns in the opening chapters of each novel, which are thereafter developed by the principles of continuation, augmentation, and reconfiguration. This book will appeal to scholars, teachers, and students in the fields of narrative studies, stylistics, children’s literature scholarship, linguistics, and education.


Pragmatics Literary Stylistics Focalization Narratology Cognitive development

Authors and affiliations

  • Don K. Philpot
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Teacher EducationShippensburg UniversityShippensburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55809-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55810-7
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