Toward a Zeroth Voice: Theorizing Voice in Children’s Literature with Deleuze

  • Jane Newland
Keywords: Gilles Deleuze, rhizome


Drawing on the theories of Gilles Deleuze, this paper explores the rhizome of voices in children’s texts and postulates that voice may be considered as something created through a Deleuzian becoming. Looking in turn at the coming together of book and reader, this rhizome of voices, and the complexity of authorship of children’s literature, this paper shows how the simulacral nature of voices present in children’s literature can lead to what Deleuze terms a collective assemblage of enunciation with its own voice, a zeroth voice. It is my contention that this zeroth voice liberates the reader from all the voices present in the creation of the text.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2010.0025


Author Biography

Jane Newland

Jane Newland’s research marries the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze with children’s literature. Her current project focuses on notions of the child, childhood, and children’s literature in the children’s texts written by some of Deleuze’s favoured authors. She has a Ph.D. and a B.A. from the University of Southampton, UK, and has been working with the Department of French at the University of Waterloo since 2007.

How to Cite
Newland, J. (1). Toward a Zeroth Voice: Theorizing Voice in Children’s Literature with Deleuze. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 1(2). Retrieved from