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A Second Look: Scott O'Dell's Sing Down the Moon.

Perry Nodelman


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{
  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.556564", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Perry  Nodelman"
    }
  ], 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        1984, 
        2, 
        1
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>When I wrote this in 1984, I thought of myself as a humane and tolerant person expressing humane, tolerant views. I'm uploading it three decades later because I find much of what I say here embarrassing--and because what embarrasses me is my utterly unconscious assumption of white male privilege. I praise O'Dell's choice of not providing his young Navaho narrator with a name for much of the book--a choice I now see as a commentary on the deprivation of her personhood that in fact confirms and reinforces that deprivation. I also praised O'Dell's depiction of the Navajo stoicism and refusal to express anger at what is happening to them--another confirmation of a hoary stereotype. Worst of all, I simply took it as an absolute truth that no one who was Navajo or even remotely like a Navajo would ever be part of the audience of the book. I have uploaded the article here not only because I feel guilty about what I once took for granted, and because I hope I have learned enough and grown enough to be less guilty now than I was in 1984.</p>", 
  "title": "A Second Look: Scott O'Dell's Sing Down the Moon.", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "id": "556564"
}
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