Child Narration In The Narrator

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Of recent times, there has been a discernible interest in books with child narrators, in the first person especially. The popularity of this genre can be seen with the publishing of novels such as Emma Donaghue’s Room which was nominated for the 2010 Booker Prize, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, among others. Novels such as Kim by Rudyard Kipling, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee are classic novels that come to one’s mind when one thinks of the use of child-narrators. While reading for the purpose of this paper, one of the first observations was the apparent lack of research material on the subject of the technique of child narration- this despite the popularity of the genre. There are a plethora of reasons for this occurring: often times, adult books or books meant for an adult…show more content…
In the first part of the paper which deals with the features of the child narration there will be allusions to classics such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, as well as Ismat Chugtai’s Lihaaf, among other writings. There will also be references from interviews and articles by authors who choose to write the child’s voice into the narrative structure of their novels and short story’s. The authors who have been quoted extensively throughout the paper are Claire King, author of The Night Rainbow, Caroline Smailes, author of In Search of Adam, Stephen Kelman- Pigeon English, Christopher Wakling- What I Did, and John Harding -Florence and
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