International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1308-951X

Original article | International Journal of Research in Teacher Education 2023, Vol. 14(3) 113-128

The Use of Postmodernist Elements From Children’s Literature: The Sample of the Book “The Blue Donkey and the Idle Lion”

Enes Yaşar

pp. 113 - 128   |  DOI: https://doi.org/10.29329/ijrte.2023.598.08   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2308-05-0002

Published online: September 29, 2023  |   Number of Views: 11  |  Number of Download: 113


Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which the postmodernist elements used in the book Blue Donkey and Idle Lion activate children’s world of meaning and lead them to make active and creative readings. In contrast to traditional narratives, the author of the book deliberately leaves his stories unfinished at times, avoiding the role of dictating passive listeners to his heroes. Instead, he engages in conflicts with the characters and involves his readers in deciding how the stories should conclude. In an environment where the real and fictional worlds intertwine, a new perception of reality begins to emerge in the text, as writers, readers, and heroes pursue their stories together. For this reason, this multi-layered fictional world, in which the subject is activated with postmodernist elements, is considered worthy of examination. This study employed the document analysis method, one of the qualitative research methods. Purposeful sampling was used, focusing on the first book of the “Blue Donkey’s Adventures” series, “Blue Donkey and Idle Lion.” The narrative elements in the work were evaluated in line with postmodernist narrative techniques, and the analyses were examined using the content analysis method. In this context, the stories that employ postmodernist narrative techniques include readers in the text, elevating them to the level of authorship through the use of metafiction techniques. When the text is approached critically and questioningly, an environment is created where the reader can hear their voice within the narrative. Furthermore, the reader's perception of the heroes in the stories begins to shift and deviate from the traditional idealist positions, moving away from familiar roles. Finally, the author’s stories break the mechanistic, specific, and measurable understanding of time and space, creating a work in which subjective, creative, and multiple readings can be made.

Keywords: Children’s literature, postmodernist elements, short stories, creative and active reading.


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Yasar, E. (2023). The Use of Postmodernist Elements From Children’s Literature: The Sample of the Book “The Blue Donkey and the Idle Lion” . International Journal of Research in Teacher Education, 14(3), 113-128. doi: 10.29329/ijrte.2023.598.08

Harvard
Yasar, E. (2023). The Use of Postmodernist Elements From Children’s Literature: The Sample of the Book “The Blue Donkey and the Idle Lion” . International Journal of Research in Teacher Education, 14(3), pp. 113-128.

Chicago 16th edition
Yasar, Enes (2023). "The Use of Postmodernist Elements From Children’s Literature: The Sample of the Book “The Blue Donkey and the Idle Lion” ". International Journal of Research in Teacher Education 14 (3):113-128. doi:10.29329/ijrte.2023.598.08.

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