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ENGL 3880 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Stuffed Toy, Velveteen, Comfort ObjectPremium

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Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 3880
Professor
J Schacker
Lecture
7

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Thursday, February 1, 2018
ENGL 3880: Lecture 7
The Velveteen Rabbit illustrated by William Nicholson !
-Research questions, methods, and forms of evidence!
Revisiting Bernstein’s article !
-Idea of play itself and performance !
Play is something children engage in - interrelated with text!
-What kind of evidence does she use to talk about role of children in all of this?!
Memoir of childhood !
-Adults studying children tends to impact the children - not natural !
-The Velveteen Rabbit !
By Margery Bianco!
-Also wrote The Little Wooden Doll, and The Skin Horse!
History of cross-marketing !
Sets, Velveteen rabbit purchased with a doll !
Canonized !
-Article 1928 - not long after initial publication of book!
Guide article about books that were recommended for reading for primary
grades !
-Suitable for various levels !
-P.F. Volland recommended !
Ex: Little Brown Bear!
Raggedy Ann!
-Couple of companies dominating !
-Farm life as reference point is popular !
-Had tremendous impact - pervasive !
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Thursday, February 1, 2018
First Grade reading level: Velveteen Rabbit is recommended !
-Part of childhood reading experience, sanctioned by educators!
-Part of a shared cultural repertoire !
-1971, a reviewer wrote that the book had a cult of fans !
Copywrite ran out, bunch of publishers jumped at chance to release own
illustrations !
Remmade many times, but story remains same !
One context: !
-History of toy manufacturing !
Stued animals!
-Plush toys, soft toys!
Stei - Germany Company!
-1880s onward !
-Made elephant with scraps !
Velveteen - sti material BUT wears out !
-Materiality of the Velveteen rabbit!
Defined by material !
In the context of the nursery !
-In comparison seems old fashioned !
-Hierarchies of toys within nursery !
What they see vs what audience sees !
-Durability - resilience that becomes important !
In the larger world !
-Representational - what represents is beyond his frame of reference !
-Uncanny to real rabbits !
What is at stake in this book?!
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