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The fact of metafiction in nineteenth-century American children’s literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book and Elizabeth Stoddard’s Lolly Dinks’s Doings

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Maria Holmgren Troy

Karlstad University, SE
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This article examines two American books for children: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys (1851) and Elizabeth Stoddard’s Lolly Dinks’s Doings (1874). In both books, fairy tales or myths are framed by a contemporary American setting in which the stories is told. It is in these realistic frames with an adult storyteller and child listeners that metafictional features are found. The article shows that Hawthorne and Stoddard use a variety of metafictional elements. So, although metafiction has been regarded as a postmodernist development in children’s literature, there are in fact instances of metafiction in nineteenth-century American children’s literature.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35360/njes.366
How to Cite: Holmgren Troy, M., 2016. The fact of metafiction in nineteenth-century American children’s literature: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book and Elizabeth Stoddard’s Lolly Dinks’s Doings. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 15(2), pp.132–141. DOI: http://doi.org/10.35360/njes.366
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Published on 22 Jun 2016.

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