The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature

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M. O. Grenby, Matthew Orville Grenby, Andrea Immel
Cambridge University Press, Dec 10, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 293 pages
Some of the most innovative and spell-binding literature has been written for young people, but only recently has academic study embraced its range and complexity. This Companion offers a state-of-the-subject survey of English-language children's literature from the seventeenth century to the present. With discussions ranging from eighteenth-century moral tales to modern fantasies by J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, the Companion illuminates acknowledged classics and many more neglected works. Its unique structure means that equal consideration can be given to both texts and contexts. Some chapters analyse key themes and major genres, including humour, poetry, school stories, and picture books. Others explore the sociological dimensions of children's literature and the impact of publishing practices. Written by leading scholars from around the world, this Companion will be essential reading for all students and scholars of children's literature, offering original readings and new research that reflects the latest developments in the field.
 

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Contents

The origins of childrens literature
3
Childrens books and constructions of childhood
19
The making of childrens books
35
Picturebook worlds and ways of seeing
55
The fear of poetry
76
Retelling Stories across time and cultures
91
Classics and canons
108
Gender roles in childrens fiction
143
Ideas of difference in childrens literature
174
Changing families in childrens fiction
193
I3 Traditions of the school story
209
Fantasys alternative geography for children
241
Humour and the body in childrens literature
258
Further reading
272
Index
279
Copyright

IO Childrens texts and the grownup reader
159

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About the author (2009)

M. O. Grenby is Reader in Children's Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

M. O. Grenby is Reader in Children's Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Andrea Immel is Curator of the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University, New Jersey.