Narration in Children’s Literature
In-depth research in narration has occurred among scholars on narration. In “Keywords for Children Literature”, it is found by experts that dialogue and the narrator’s voice are two separate things for children (225). When focusing on the narration in texts for children, a scholar can observe that narration has specific educational purposes. Nuning, a literature scholar emphasizes:
“This spontaneous perspective taking may be at the root of the potential of fiction to improve readers’ cognitive abilities: the necessity to follow and share characters’ thoughts and feelings, and to practice the combination of empathy and ‘theory of mind’ in a situation which provides ideal conditions for learning” (n.p).
It is evident that narration therefore can be defined as a tool to guild children in connecting to characters. The experience adds to their learning and it is considered a different aspect from dialogue.
It is essential scholars will be able to grasp knowledge about narration in children’s literature to fully analyze its themes and implications to modern society.
Nel, Philip and Paul, Lisa. “Keywords for Children Literature”. New York: NYU Press 2011. Print.
Nunning, Vera. “Narrative fiction and cognition: why we should read fiction.” Forum for World Literature Studies 7.1, 2015: 41 + Literature Resource Center. Web. 30 Oct. 2015.