The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature
M. O. Grenby, Andrea Immel
Cambridge University Press, Dec 10, 2009 - Literary Criticism
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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Childrens books and constructions of childhood
The making of childrens books
Picturebook worlds and ways of seeing
The fear of poetry
Retelling Stories across time and cultures
Classics and canons
Gender roles in childrens ﬁction
IO Childrens texts and the grownup reader
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