Pinocchio Goes Postmodern: Perils of a Puppet in the United States

1st Edition

Richard Wunderlich, Thomas J. Morrissey

Routledge
Published April 18, 2008
Reference - 276 Pages - 20 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780415993241 - CAT# RT21460
Series: Children's Literature and Culture

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Summary

In the first full-length study in English of Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio, the authors show how the checkered history of the puppet illuminates social change from the pre World War One era to the present. The authors argue that most Americans know a trivialized, diluted version of the tale, one such source is Disney's perennial classic. The authors also discover that when adults are introduced to the 'real' story, they often deem it as unsuitable for children. Placing the puppet in a variety of contexts, the authors chart the progression of this childhood tale that has frequently undergone dramatic revisions to suit America's idea of children's literature.

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