Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults

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Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults will help teachers and students of literature develop their own understandings of this broad genre in order to evaluate and promote the joy of fantasy in their classrooms.
Assuming that readers have no special knowledge of fantasy literature but some previous exposure to the study of literature for children and young adults, this book focuses on texts that illustrate three particular types of fantasy literature: fairy/folktale; mixed fantasy (including travel, transformation, talking animals, and magic; and heroic-ethical. These discussions are then supported by examples of representative authors, critics, and theorists.

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Fairy Tales
Mixed Fantasy
HeroicEthical Traditions

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Pamela S. Gates is professor of English at Central Michigan University and is currently serving as associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Susan B. Steffel is professor of English at Central Michigan University and a veteran teacher with thirty years of teaching experience. Francis L. Molson is professor emeritus of English, having retired from Central Michigan University after twenty-five years of teaching, the last ten serving as chair of the department. The authors have a combined 75 years of classroom teaching experience in the field of preparing teachers for elementary and secondary classroom settings.

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