J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan In and Out of Time: A Children's Classic at 100

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Celebrating 100 years of Peter Pan, this fourth volume in the Centennial Studies series explores the cultural contents of Barrie's creation and the continuing impact of Peter Pan on children's literature and popular culture today, especially focusing on the fluctuations of time and narrative strategies. This collection of essays on Peter Pan is separated into four parts. The first section is comprised of essays placing Barrie's in its own time period, and tackles issues such as the relationship between Hook and ...
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Celebrating 100 years of Peter Pan, this fourth volume in the Centennial Studies series explores the cultural contents of Barrie's creation and the continuing impact of Peter Pan on children's literature and popular culture today, especially focusing on the fluctuations of time and narrative strategies. This collection of essays on Peter Pan is separated into four parts. The first section is comprised of essays placing Barrie's in its own time period, and tackles issues such as the relationship between Hook and Peter in terms of child hatred, the similarities between Peter and Oscar Wilde, Peter Pan's position as an exemplar of the Cult of the Boy Child is challenged, and the influence of pirate lore and fairy lore are also examined. Part two features an essay on Derrida's concept of the grapheme, and uses it to argue that Barrie is attempting to undermine racial stereotypes. The third section explores Peter Pan's timelessness and timeliness in essays that examine the binary of print literacy and orality; Peter Pan's modular structure and how it is ideally suited to video game narratives; the indeterminacy of gender that was common to Victorian audiences, but also threatening and progressive; Philip Pullman and J.K. Rowling, who publicly claim to dislike Peter Pan and the concept of never growing up, but who are nevertheless indebted to Barrie; and a Lacanian reading of Peter Pan arguing that Peter acts as "the maternal phallus" in his pre-Symbolic state. The final section looks at the various roles of the female in Peter Pan, whether against the backdrop of British colonialism or Victorian England. Students and enthusiasts of children's literature will find their understanding of Peter Pan immensely broadened after reading this volume.
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Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
...a seminal collection that adds to the growing scholarship on children's literature and attests to the popularity of and growing interest in literature for children. It is a work that is informed by scholarship and research of which only experts are capable; but is addressed to all...the book is a great accomplishment and deserves praise. 2007
Literary Criticism
...academic readers will find this book useful.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
...a seminal collection that adds to the growing scholarship on children's literature and attests to the popularity of and growing interest in literature for children. It is a work that is informed by scholarship and research of which only experts are capable; but is addressed to all...the book is a great accomplishment and deserves praise.
English Literature In Transition
The combined work of the book's eighteen contributors...exemplifies not only how this children's classic continues to fascinate young readers, but why Peter Pan is also a surprisingly—often shockingly—adult story.
Bookbird
This collection of essays featuring contributions by young, mostly American scholars marks the centenary of the first publication of the play Peter Pan (1904).
School Library Journal

The Edwardian playwright and novelist first introduced the character Peter Pan in a novel for adults, The Little White Bird (1902). Two years later, his wildly successful play, Peter Pan , opened in London, and in 1911 he published a novelized version of the play, Peter and Wendy . Over the past 100 years, Barrie's creation, which grew out of the stories he told two young brothers, has taken on a life of its own. Besides inspiring animated and live-action films, musical theater, and a best-selling prequel, the story has been a major influence on a century of children's writers. The 15 scholarly articles in this collection chart that influence and place Peter Pan in historical context, examining the story from the modern viewpoints of feminism, post-colonial studies, and popular culture. The valuable, well-organized introduction outlines the development of English pantomime, a tradition unfamiliar to many modern American scholars, showing clearly how the play Peter Pan is firmly rooted in this tradition. Academic libraries that support the scholarly study of children's and Edwardian literature will want this multifaceted study of the immortal boy who never grew up.—Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams

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Meet the Author

C. Anita Tarr is an associate professor of English at Illinois State University, where she teaches children's and young adult literature with additional specialties in fantasy and science fiction, poetry, and women's studies. Donna R. White teaches young adult literature, linguistics, science fiction and fantasy, and writing at Arkansas Tech University.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: In His Own Time Chapter 3 1. Child-Hating: Peter Pan in the Context of Victorian Hatred Chapter 4 2. The Time of His Life: Peter Pan and the Decadent Nineties Chapter 5 3. Babes in Boy-Land: J.M. Barrie and the Edwardian Girl Chapter 6 4. James Barrie's Pirates: Peter Pan's Place in Pirate History and Lore Chapter 7 5. More Darkly down the Left Arm: The Duplicity of Fairyland in the Plays of J.M. Barrie Part 8 Part II: In and Out of Time—Peter Pan in America Chapter 9 6. Problematizing Piccaninnies, or How J.M. Barrie Uses Graphemes to Counter Racism in Peter Pan Chapter 10 7. The Birth of a Lost Boy: Traces of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan in Willa Cather's The Professor's House Part 11 Part III: Timelessness and Timeliness of Peter Pan Chapter 12 8. The Pang of Stone Words Chapter 13 9. Playing in Neverland: Peter Pan Video Game Revisions Chapter 14 10. The Riddle of His Being: An Exploration of Pter Pan's Perpetually Altering State Chapter 15 11. Getting Peter's Goat: Hybridity, Androgyny, and Terror in Peter Pan Chapter 16 12. Peter Pan, Pullman, and Potter: Anxieties of Growing Up Chapter 17 13. The Blot of Peter Pan Part 18 Part IV: Women's Time Chapter 19 14. The Kiss: Female Sexuality and Power in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan Chapter 20 15. The Female Figure in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan: The Small and the Mighty Part 21 Index Part 22 About the Contributors
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