Abstract

A discussion on the way literature helps shift perspectives with the focus on historical perspectives. In particular the way that young readers in the early twenty-first century (whether Irish or not) are being encouraged to think about the Easter Rising. There are many views on the Rising: why it mattered and what it achieved. Until quite recently, two groups who were involved have been largely ignored: women and children. In 2016 they are still involved, only now they are readers – readers of an increasing number of texts written for them about twentieth century Irish history.

Keywords

children’s literature, historical fiction, history, Ireland, Easter Rising

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