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The Case of Peter Pan, or the Impossibility of Children's Fiction / Edition 1

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Overview

Peter Pan, Jacqueline Rose contends, forces us to question what it is we are doing in the endless production and dissemination of children's fiction. In a preface, written for this edition, Rose considers some of Peter Pan's new guises and their implications. From Spielberg's Hook, to the lesbian production of the play at the London Drill Hall in 1991, to debates in the English House of Lords, to a newly claimed status as the icon of transvestite culture, Peter Pan continues to demonstrate its bizarre renewability as a cultural fetish of our times.

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"Rose's searching arguments are complex and concentrated. This is the book children's literature has needed for some time. It combines scholarly examination of primary sources with historical commentary, the social history of childhood and critical theory derived from psychoanalysis. . . . It is a challenge to critics to examine the whole range of cultural practices attached to stories for children."—London Review of Books

"Everyone interested in the way in which the balance of power between adult and child in our society is expressed in the books offered by the former to the latter should read Rose's study of Peter Pan."—Times Education Supplement

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Reprint of the Macmillan (London) edition of 1984 with a new introductory essay (9 pp.) by Rose. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812214352
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: New Cultural Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

The Return of Peter Pan
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Peter Pan and Freud: Who is talking to whom? 12
2 Rousseau and Alan Garner: Innocence of the child and of the word 42
3 Peter Pan and Literature for the Child: Confusion of tongues 66
4 Pan and Commercialisation of the Child: Children are a good sell 87
5 Peter Pan, Language and the State: Captain Hook goes to Eton 115
Conclusion 137
Notes 145
Bibliography 155
Index 172
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