Children s Literature in Context

Children s Literature in Context Author Fiona McCulloch
ISBN-10 9781441129307
Year 2011-09-22
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher A&C Black
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Children's Literature� in Context is a clear, accessible and concise introduction to children's literature and� its wider contexts. It begins by introducing key issues involved in the study of children's literature and its social, cultural and literary contexts. Close readings of commonly studied texts including Lewis Carroll's Alice books, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the Harry Potter series and the His Dark Materials trilogy highlight major themes and ways of reading children's literature. A chapter on afterlives and adaptations explores a range of wider cultural texts including the film adaptations of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass. The final section introduces key critical interpretations from different perspectives on issues including innocence, gender, fantasy, psychoanalysis and ideology. 'Review, Reading and Research' sections give suggestions for further reading, discussion and research. Introducing texts, contexts and criticism, this is a lively and up-to-date resource for anyone studying children's literature.

Voices of the Other

Voices of the Other Author Roderick McGillis
ISBN-10 9781136601002
Year 2013-05-13
Pages 316
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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This book offers a variety of approaches to children's literature from a postcolonial perspective that includes discussions of cultural appropriation, race theory, pedagogy as a colonialist activity, and multiculturalism. The eighteen essays divide into three sections: Theory, Colonialism, Postcolonialism. The first section sets the theoretical framework for postcolonial studies; essays here deal with issues of "otherness" and cultural difference, as well as the colonialist implications of pedagogic practice. These essays confront our relationships with the child and childhood as sites for the exertion of our authority and control. Section 2 presents discussions of the colonialist mind-set in children's and young adult texts from the turn of the century. Here works by writers of animal stories in Canada, the U.S. and Britain, works of early Australian colonialist literature, and Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess come under the scrutiny of our postmodern reading practices. Section 3 deals directly with contemporary texts for children that manifest both a postcolonial and a neo-colonial content. In this section, the longest in the book, we have studies of children's literature from Canada, Australia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.

International Companion Encyclopedia of Children s Literature

International Companion Encyclopedia of Children s Literature Author Peter Hunt
ISBN-10 9781134436835
Year 2004-08-02
Pages 1416
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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Children's literature continues to be one of the most rapidly expanding and exciting of interdisciplinary academic studies, of interest to anyone concerned with literature, education, internationalism, childhood or culture in general. The second edition of Peter Hunt's bestselling International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature offers comprehensive coverage of the subject across the world, with substantial, accessible, articles by specialists and world-ranking experts. Almost everything is here, from advanced theory to the latest practice – from bibliographical research to working with books and children with special needs. This edition has been expanded and includes over fifty new articles. All of the other articles have been updated, substantially revised or rewritten, or have revised bibliographies. New topics include Postcolonialism, Comparative Studies, Ancient Texts, Contemporary Children's Rhymes and Folklore, Contemporary Comics, War, Horror, Series Fiction, Film, Creative Writing, and 'Crossover' literature. The international section has been expanded to reflect world events, and now includes separate articles on countries such as the Baltic states, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Iran, Korea, Mexico and Central America, Slovenia, and Taiwan.

Children s Literature as Communication

Children s Literature as Communication Author Roger D. Sell
ISBN-10 9027226423
Year 2002-01-01
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
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In this book, members of the ChiLPA Project explore the children's literature of several different cultures, ranging from ancient India, nineteenth century Russia, and the Soviet Union, to twentieth century Britain, America, Australia, Sweden, and Finland. The research covers not only the form and content of books for children, but also their potential social functions, especially within education. These two perspectives are brought together within a theory of children's literature as one among other forms of communication, an approach that sees the role of literary scholars, critics and teachers as one of mediation. Part I deals with the way children's writers and picturebook-makers draw on a culture's available resources of orality, literacy, intertextuality, and image. Part II examines their negotiation of major issues such as the child adult distinction, gender, politics, and the Holocaust. Part III discusses children's books as used within language education programmes, with particular attention to young readers' pragmatic processing of differences between the context of writing and their own context of reading.

Stories and Society

Stories and Society Author Dennis Butts
ISBN-10 9781349221110
Year 1992-07-01
Pages 143
Language en
Publisher Springer
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Children's literature is increasingly exposed to critical debate in England and America. There are indeed a number of histories and surveys of children's literature, but few works exist which discuss the contexts, ideologies and narrative structures of children's stories in a serious and detailed manner, or examine particular case-histories to see how the different forces interact. This is what this collection of essays attempts to do. The topics range from Little Women to Winnie the Pooh and from story forms such as 'The Adventure Story' to 'Fantasy'.

Windows and Words

Windows and Words Author Susan-Ann Cooper
ISBN-10 9780776605562
Year 2003
Pages 239
Language en
Publisher University of Ottawa Press
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What makes Canadian children's books literature? The seventeen essays collected here examine aspects of the artistry of children's literature published in Canada, particularly that of children's novels and picture books, in thought-provoking analyses that aim to establish Canada's literature for the young as literature – something worthy of serious scholarly study and international recognition. Three of the essays survey Canadian children's fiction in English, providing a broad overview and placing the genre within its literary and national context. Other contributions investigate individual authors and motifs – six of these examine the works of L.M. Montgomery, confirming the central place of the internationally acclaimed children's writer in the Canadian children's literature canon. There are studies about book illustration and visual literacy, and about the dual artistic nature of the picture book and its art design. Presentations by two Governor General's Award winning authors, Janet Lunn and Tim Wynne-Jones, as well as the art director of Groundwood Books and a cultural anthropologist round out the collection, making it a unique and balanced contribution to the study of Canadian children's literature. All of the essays confirm the growing artistry and multicultural character of Canada's children's literature, and highlight the important legacy yesterday's and today's children's authors are leaving to tomorrow's children.

National Character in South African English Children s Literature

National Character in South African English Children s Literature Author Elwyn Jenkins
ISBN-10 9780415976763
Year 2006
Pages 229
Language en
Publisher Taylor & Francis
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"This is the first full-length study of South African English youth literature to cover the entire period of its publication, from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. What gives this book particular strength is its coverage of literature up to the 1960s, which has until now recieved almost no scholarly attention. Not only is this earlier literature a rewarding subject for study in itself, but it also throws light on subsequent literary developments. Jenkins also makes comparisons with American, Canadian and Australian children's literature. This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand children's literature in the context of adult South African literature and South African cultural history."--BOOK JACKET.

Literature For Children

Literature For Children Author Peter Hunt
ISBN-10 9781134916276
Year 2003-09-02
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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Children's literature has recently produced a body of criticism with a highly distinctive voice. The book consolidates understanding of this area by including some of the most important essays published in the field in the last five years, demonstrating the links between literary criticism, education, psychology, history and scientific theory. It includes Peter Hollindale's award- winning essay on Ideology and Children's Literature, topics from metafiction and post-modernism to fractal geometry, and the examination of texts ranging from picture books to The Wizard of Oz and the the Australian classic Midnite . Sources are as disparate as Signal and the Children's Literature Association Quarterly , and the international community is represented by writers from Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia and Germany. Each essay is set in its critical context by extensive quotation from authoritative articles.

Introducing Children s Literature

Introducing Children s Literature Author Deborah Cogan Thacker
ISBN-10 9781134629756
Year 2005-06-29
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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Introducing Children's Literature is an ideal guide to reading children's literature through the perspective of literary history. Focusing on the major literary movements from Romanticism to Postmodernism, Thacker and Webb examine the concerns of each period and the ways in which these concerns influence and are influenced by the children's literature of the time. Each section begins with a general chapter, which explains the relationship between the major issues of each literary period and the formal and thematic qualities of children's texts. Close readings of selected texts follow to demonstrate the key defining characteristics of the form of writing and the literary movements. Original in its approach, this book sets children's literature within the context of literary movements and adult literature. It is essential reading for students studying writing for children. Books discussed include: *Louisa May Alcott's Little Women * Charles Kingsley's The Water-Babies *Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland *Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz *Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden *P.L.Travers' Mary Poppins *E.B.White's Charlotte's Web *Philip Pullman's Clockwork.

Infant Tongues

Infant Tongues Author Elizabeth Goodenough
ISBN-10 0814324312
Year 1994
Pages 331
Language en
Publisher Wayne State University Press
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This work examines the representation of children in literature from the Renaissance to the present. It covers texts written in English, French, German, Russian and Hebrew, and looks at the evolution of the child's voice and consciousness in adult and juvenile fiction, and in writing by children.

Popular Children s Literature in Britain

Popular Children s Literature in Britain Author Julia Briggs
ISBN-10 1840142421
Year 2008
Pages 342
Language en
Publisher Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
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Responding to the astonishing success of J. K. Rowling and other contemporary authors, the editors of this timely volume take up the challenge of assessing the complex interplay of forces that have generated, and sometimes sustained, the popularity of children's books. Ranging from eighteenth-century chapbooks to the stories of Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl, and from science schoolbooks to Harry Potter, these essays show how authorial talent operates within its cultural context to make a children's classic.

Comparative Children s Literature

Comparative Children s Literature Author Emer O'Sullivan
ISBN-10 9781134404841
Year 2005-03-05
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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WINNER OF THE 2007 CHLA BOOK AWARD! Children's literature has transcended linguistic and cultural borders since books and magazines for young readers were first produced, with popular books translated throughout the world. Emer O'Sullivan traces the history of comparative children's literature studies, from the enthusiastic internationalism of the post-war period – which set out from the idea of a supra-national world republic of childhood – to modern comparative criticism. Drawing on the scholarship and children's literature of many cultures and languages, she outlines the constituent areas that structure the field, including contact and transfer studies, intertextuality studies, intermediality studies and image studies. In doing so, she provides the first comprehensive overview of this exciting new research area. Comparative Children's Literature also links the fields of narratology and translation studies, to develop an original and highly valuable communicative model of translation. Taking in issues of children's 'classics', the canon and world literature for children, Comparative Children's Literature reveals that this branch of literature is not as genuinely international as it is often fondly assumed to be and is essential reading for those interested in the consequences of globalization on children's literature and culture.

Children s Literature and Learner Empowerment

Children s Literature and Learner Empowerment Author Janice Bland
ISBN-10 9781441153395
Year 2013-07-22
Pages 344
Language en
Publisher A&C Black
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Children's literature can be a powerful way to encourage and empower EFL students but is less commonly used in the classroom than adult literature. This text provides a comprehensive introduction to children's and young adult literature in EFL teaching. It demonstrates the complexity of children's literature and how it can encourage an active community of second language readers: with multilayered picturebooks, fairy tales, graphic novels and radical young adult fiction. It examines the opportunities of children's literature in EFL teacher education, including: the intertexuality of children's literature as a gate-opener for canonised adult literature; the rich patterning of children's literature supporting Creative Writing; the potential of interactive drama projects. Close readings of texts at the centre of contemporary literary scholarship, yet largely unknown in the EFL world, provide an invaluable guide for teacher educators and student teachers, including works by David Almond, Anthony Browne, Philip Pullman and J.K.Rowling. Introducing a range of genres and their significance for EFL teaching, this study makes an important new approach accessible for EFL teachers, student teachers and teacher educators.