The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 13, No 1 (2009)

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Crossing Boundaries and Forming Identity in Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

Katie Mullins

Abstract


Katie Mullins considers the essential relationship between breaking boundaries (both literal and symbolic) and identity formation in two classic picture books: Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Benjamin Bunny. After all, if we are not to risk, not to venture beyond conventional norms and territories, how are we to grow? How are we to discover our possibilities? Mullin offers Peter as a questioner and a questor, a hero who chooses to challenge the accepted conventions and limitations of his world.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680