Aesthetic Approaches to Children's Literature: An Introduction

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Scarecrow Press, May 12, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 336 pages
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As undergraduate and graduate courses in children's literature become more established and numerous, there is an intense need for a textbook that offers aesthetic rather than educational approaches to children's literature. This work fills that void by providing students of children's literature with a comprehensible and easy-to-use analytical tool kit, showing through concrete demonstration how each tool might best be used.

The chapters are organized around familiar and easily recognized features of literary texts (e.g. author, genre, character). Theoretical issues are illustrated by specific texts from the North American children's literature canon. The book explores the particular aesthetics of children's fiction and the ways critical theory may be applied to children's texts, while remaining accessible to a college readership without prior specialized knowledge of literary theory. Each chapter includes a short introduction to a specific theoretical approach (e.g. semiotics, feminist, psychoanalytic), an example of its application to a literary text, a number of activities (study questions, reading exercises), and suggestions for further explorations.
 

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Contents

The Aesthetic of the Author
1
The Aesthetic of the Work
21
The Aesthetic of the Genre
49
The Aesthetic of the Content
73
The Aesthetic of Composition
99
The Aesthetic of the Scene
127
The Aesthetic of Character
145
The Aesthetic of Narration
171
The Aesthetic of the Medium
223
The Aesthetic of the Reader
247
Conclusion Which Tool Shall I Choose?
269
Bibliography
273
Index
301
Title Index
309
About the Author
313
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The Aesthetic of Language
197

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Maria Nikolajeva is Professor of Comparative Literature at Stockholm University (Sweden) and associate professor of comparative literature at Åbo Akademi University (Finland). She has been member of the North American Children's Literature Association since 1985 and has served on its International Committee. She is also the author of From Mythic to Linear: Time in Children's Literature (Scarecrow, 2000) and The Rhetoric of Character in Children's Literature (Scarecrow, 2002).

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