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Roald Dahl: moral truth or immoral trivia?

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posted on 2018-03-02, 17:04 authored by Elaine L. Shaw
To defend an author and his work naturally presupposes that the author's work is under attack; an obvious statement perhaps, but one which most definitely needs to be articulated in this particular case, as the author in question is one of the most popular writers of children’s fiction today. Why, then, is he under attack when children all over the Western world avidly read and eagerly await each new production? The answer is found via another question—From whom is Dahl under attack? Certainly not from his intended audience but from the guardians of the young, who tend to fall into two broad groups: those who make highly academic claims for children's books and those who highlight irrelevant issues. [Continues.]



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A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Arts at Loughborough University.


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