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Narrating Disease and Deviance in Media for Children and Young Adults / Krankheits- und Abweichungsnarrative in kinder- und jugendliterarischen Medien

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Edited By Nina Holst, Iris Schäfer and Anika Ullmann

Narratives of disease and deviance have a long tradition within the field of children's and young adult literature. The specific characteristics of these representations have so far remained largely unexplored. The topics of this book are the narrato-logical and aesthetical particularities of these discourses.

Krankheits- und Abweichungsnarrative haben im Feld der Kinder- und Jugendmedien eine lange Tradition, deren Spezifik bisher nahezu unerforscht geblieben ist. Die Beiträge fokussieren und diskutieren medien- und epochenübergreifend narratologische und ästhetische Eigen- und Besonderheiten dieser Darstellungen.

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Child Coping Competence. Astrid Lindgren’s The Brothers Lionheart from a Medical Ethics Perspective

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Children who are ill are particularly vulnerable. Due to their medical condition and lower age they are considered to have only limited ability to understand their medical condition and cope with the challenges involved in illness. All too often, children’s special need for protection thus seems to justify paternalism. The article challenges this approach by a medical ethical reading of The Brothers Lionheart in which world-famous author and advocate for children’s rights Astrid Lindgren illustrates the remarkable coping and decision-making competence children can develop when being confronted with illness and death.

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