Learning Relativism Through Humour, Play and the Shift of Viewpoint in the Truckers Trilogy

  • Virginie Douglas
Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)


Virginie Douglas’s chapter argues that, despite the apparent lightness of its tone, the Truckers trilogy conforms to the socialisation function of the Bildungsroman: by humorously showing the small creatures’ move out from the very enclosed, hierarchical space under the floorboards of the Store they used to think was the whole world, to the Outside world and the discovery of Otherness it represents, Pratchett brings the child reader to ponder serious philosophical issues such as difference, tolerance, power, responsibility and the meaning of growing up and learning.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginie Douglas
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  1. 1.Department of English StudiesUniversity of RouenRouenFrance

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