Keywords for Children's Literature

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Philip Nel, Lissa Paul
NYU Press, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 282 pages
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The study of children's literature and culture has been experiencing a renaissance, with vital new work proliferating across many areas of interest. Mapping this vibrant scholarship, "Keywords for Children's Literature" presents 49 original essays on the essential terms and concepts of the field. From Aesthetics to Young Adult, an impressive, multidisciplinary cast of scholars explores the vocabulary central to the study of children's literature.

Following the growth of his or her word, each author traces its branching uses and meanings, often into unfamiliar disciplinary territories: Award-winning novelist Philip Pullman writes about Intentionality, Education expert Margaret Meek Spencer addresses Reading, literary scholar Peter Hunt historicizes Children's Literature, Psychologist Hugh Crago examines Story, librarian and founder of the influential Child_Lit litserv Michael Joseph investigates Liminality. The scope, clarity, and interdisciplinary play between concepts make this collection essential reading for all scholars in the field. In the spirit of Raymond Williams' seminal Keywords, this book is a snapshot of a vocabulary of children's literature that is changing, expanding, and ever unfinished.

 

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Contents

27 Intention
128
28 Latinoa
133
29 Liminality
138
30 Literacy
141
31 Marketing
146
32 Modernism
151
33 Multicultural
155
34 Nature
161

8 Childhood
35
9 Childrens Literature
42
10 Class
48
11 Classic
52
12 Crossover Literature
58
13 Culture
62
14 Domestic
67
15 Education
70
16 Empire
75
17 Fantasy
79
18 Gender
86
19 Girlhood
92
20 Golden Age
96
21 Graphic Novel
100
22 Home
106
23 Identity
109
24 Ideology
113
25 Image
116
26 Innocence
121
35 Nonsense
165
36 Picture Book
169
37 Popular
174
38 Postcolonial
177
39 Postmodernism
181
40 Queer
186
41 Race
189
42 Reading
193
43 Realism
198
44 Science Fiction
202
45 Story
207
46 Theory
213
47 Tomboy
220
48 Voice
225
49 Young Adult
228
Works Cited
233
About the Contributors
265
Index
271
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