An Introduction to Children's Literature / Edition 1

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Passionately enjoyed as much by the young as by adults, children's literature is a vital part of Western culture. Attracting increasing scholarly attention, its indelible influences on most people's psyche attest to its widespread importance. Well-known for his work in the field, Peter Hunt here offers a history of children's literature—primarily British, although including American and other works as well—along with an assessment of its literary, sociological, and pedagogical roles. In addition, Hunt looks at the uses to which children's literature is put, the claims that are made for it, and the difference between children's and adults' ways of reading.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192892430
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 5.13 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Approaching Children's Literature 1
2 History and Histories 27
3 The Early History of Children's Literature 37
4 Maturity, 1860-1920 59
5 The Long Weekend, 1920-1939 106
6 Equal Terms: 1940 to the Present 127
7 Uses and Abuses, Themes and Variations 163
8 Conclusion: Stalking the Perfect Children's Book 184
A Chronology of Children's Literature 189
Notes 197
Short Bibliography 221
Index 223
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