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It narratives and anthropomorphism

Our latest Avid Reader newsletter is out. This time we address the subject of talking animals and objects, otherwise known as It narratives and anthropomorphism.

This literary phenomenon covers many genres. We don’t hesitate for a second when a child’s toy or a rabbit or Dora’s backpack speaks and offers some words of wisdom. There’s a lot of classics on this page but they are not all children’s titles. Read the article.

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Richard Davies

One Response to “It narratives and anthropomorphism”

  1. Your list missed one of the very best. Natsume Soseki’s novel “I Am A Cat,” first serialized in 1904-06. Japanese literature is usually dated as before and after its publication as the first modern Japanese novel. The Japanese title, “Wagahai wa Neko De Aru,” sets the stage. “Wagahai” is the imperial “we.” “De Aru” is also exalted language reserved for the powerful. “Neko” is an alleycat! The translation by Aiko Ito and Graeme Wilson nicely captures the wonderful pun-filled prodding of follies and foibles of Japan’s newly emergent middle class. For cat lovers, the depiction of cat behavior is spot-on. It may be 600 pages, but it’s hard to put down. Just wait for the cat’s description of a human taking a bath!