Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter / Edition 1

Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter / Edition 1

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by Seth Lerer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226473007

ISBN-13: 9780226473000

Pub. Date: 06/15/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Ever since children have learned to read, there has been children's literature. Children's Literature charts the makings of the Western literary imagination from Aesop's fables to Mother Goose, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Peter Pan, from Where the Wild Things Are to Harry Potter.

The only single-volume work to capture the rich and diverse history of

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Overview

Ever since children have learned to read, there has been children's literature. Children's Literature charts the makings of the Western literary imagination from Aesop's fables to Mother Goose, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Peter Pan, from Where the Wild Things Are to Harry Potter.

The only single-volume work to capture the rich and diverse history of children's literature in its full panorama, this extraordinary book reveals why J.R.R. Tolkien, Dr. Seuss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Beatrix Potter, and many others, despite their divergent styles and subject matter, have all resonated with generations of readers. Children's Literature is an exhilarating quest across centuries, continents, and genres to discover how, and why, we first fall in love with the written word.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226473000
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/15/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Introduction 1

Toward a New History of Children's Literature

1 Speak, Child 17

Children's Literature in Classical Antiquity

2 Ingenuity and Authority 35

Aesop's Fables and Their Afterlives

3 Court, Commerce, and Cloister 57

The Literatures of Medieval Childhood

4 From Alphabet to Elegy 81

The Puritan Impact on Children's Literature

5 Playthings of the Mind 104

John Locke and Children's Literature

6 Canoes and Cannibals 129

Robinson Crusoe and Its Legacies

7 From Islands to Empires 151

Storytelling for a Boy's World

8 On Beyond Darwin 172

From Kingsley to Seuss

9 Ill-Tempered and Queer 190

Sense and Nonsense, from Victorian to Modern

10 Straw Into Gold 209

Fairy-Tale Philology

11 Theaters of Girlhood 228

Domesticity, Desire, and Performance in Female Fiction

12 Pan in the Garden 252

The Edwardian Turn in Children's Literature

13 Good Feeling 274

Prizes, Libraries, and the Institutions of American Children's Literature

14 Keeping Things Straight 288

Style and the Child

15 Tap Your Pencil on the Paper 305

Children's Literature in an Ironic Age

Epilogue Children's Literature and the History of the Book 320

Acknowledgments 333

Notes 337

Index 377

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