Understanding Children's Literature

Key Essays from the International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature


Author: Peter Hunt

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415195462

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 188

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This book provides an introduction to some of the critical theories useful in the study of children's literature. The 14 chapters examine the context, application and relevance to this area of concepts such as feminism, ideology, psychoanalysis and literacy studies.

Aspects and Issues in the History of Children's Literature


Author: Maria Nikolajeva

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313296147

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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Scholars from 10 countries address children's literature as a literary art form and provide an international perspective on its history and evolution.

Keywords for Children's Literature


Author: Philip Nel,Lissa Paul

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814758894

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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This text presents 49 original essays on the essential terms and concepts of children's literature.

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature


Author: Bernice E. Cullinan,Diane Goetz Person

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826417787

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 863

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Provides articles covering children's literature from around the world as well as biographical and critical reviews of authors including Avi, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, and Anno Mitsumasa.

Children's Literature: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Kimberley Reynolds

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199560242

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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In this lively discussion Kim Reynolds looks at what children's literature is, why it is interesting, how it contributes to culture, and how it is studied as literature. Providing examples from across history and various types of children's literature, she introduces the key debates, developments, and people involved.

Children's Literature in Context


Author: Fiona McCulloch

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441129308

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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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.

The Routledge Companion to Children's Literature


Author: David Rudd

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134028245

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature is a vibrant and authoritative exploration of children’s literature in all its manifestations. It features a series of essays written by expert contributors who provide an illuminating examination of why children’s literature is the way it is. Topics covered include: the history and development of children's literature various theoretical approaches used to explore the texts, including narratological methods questions of gender and sexuality along with issues of race and ethnicity realism and fantasy as two prevailing modes of story-telling picture books, comics and graphic novels as well as ‘young adult’ fiction and the ‘crossover’ novel media adaptations and neglected areas of children’s literature. The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature contains suggestions for further reading throughout plus a helpful timeline and a substantial glossary of key terms and names, both established and more cutting-edge. This is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to an increasingly complex and popular discipline.