Food in Greek children’s literature (1988-2015) (Doctoral thesis)

Τσιώρη, Δήμητρα

When food is in abundance, people take it for granted and forget its vital importance. Thus, eating is transformed into a piece of routine, an ordinary body function, and as a result one might assume that a writer would hardly think of a whole story about a mundane theme like food. However, the researchers' remarks reverse this hypothesis, highlighting food as an important literary tool. Moreover, that is also confirmed by its strong presence in a wide literary range. Indeed, as the importance of food in adult literature increases, it also seems to grow in children's literature. Besides, most critics seem to agree that children's literature is overwhelmed by references to food. However, although food is a recurring motif with multidimensional approaches to children's literature, its study is a relatively new field. Specifically, even though food is present in Greek children's books, food and eating habits do not appear systematically within the Greek researchers’ field. This scientific literature gap in the field of children's literature is covered by this study, opening up a cycle of 'gastronomic' discussions around the Greek children's book. The study’s purpose is to critically approach the presence of food in Greek children's literature from 1988 to 2015 in order to highlight the multiple uses of food references. Through the thematic analysis of the sample and the blending of different theoretical approaches, the objectives focus on studying the cultural and ideological dimensions of food in children's literature, the pedagogical role of the eating habits that are promoted through literary texts for children as well as the narrative role of eating in the structure of the plot, the setting and the shaping of the fictional characters. The analysis shows that an author can use food in order to highlight or disapprove the cultural elements of a particular group at a given time. At the same time, it can be seen that the pedagogical implications of food references are based on contemporary concerns about increased childhood obesity rates. Finally, through the textual approach, it seems that food is an important literary tool with a variety of functions in terms of the plot, the setting and the fictional characters.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης
Subject classification: Φαγητό στην λογοτεχνία
Keywords: Φαγητό και παιδική λογοτεχνία,Πολιτισμικές και ιδεολογικές διαστάσεις του φαγητού,Παιδαγωγική λειτουργία του φαγητού,Αφηγηματική λειτουργία του φαγητού,Food and children’s literature,Cultural and ideological dimensions of food,Pedagogical role of eating habits,Αφηγηματική λειτουργία του φαγητού
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