Mystery In Children's Literature

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Mystery in Children's Literature charts a development from religious mystery through rationally solved detective fictions to insoluble supernatural and horror mysteries. Written by internationally recognized scholars in the field, these 13 original essays offer challenging and innovative readings of both classic and popular mysteries for children. This volume will be essential and stimulating for anyone with an interest in children's literature...

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Overview

Mystery in Children's Literature charts a development from religious mystery through rationally solved detective fictions to insoluble supernatural and horror mysteries. Written by internationally recognized scholars in the field, these 13 original essays offer challenging and innovative readings of both classic and popular mysteries for children. This volume will be essential and stimulating for anyone with an interest in children's literature or in mystery fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I enjoyed reading these essays...a worthwhile book to add to any well-rounded university library..."—Jill P. May, Children's Literature Association Quarterly

...editors have assembled a valuable selection of essays covering a wide range of genres, individual works, and critical approaches.
-SFRA Review, Michael Levy

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Contributors from the US, Australian, and Britain roam over the variety of mystery in children's literature and demonstrate the range of critical and theoretical responses it can provoke. They use their own definitions of mystery, but the volume's overall notion includes all secret or unexplained experiences, things, or occurrences. The 14 essays are arranged to suggest a roughly chronological shift from certainty to hesitation beginning in the 1950s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333918814
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/11/2001
  • Pages: 244
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrienne E. Gavin is Senior Lecturer in English at Canterbury Christ Church University College, UK.

Christopher Routledge is writer based in Lancashire, UK.

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Table of Contents

Mystery in Children's Literature from the Rational to the Supernatural: An Introduction—Adrienne E. Gavin & Christopher Routledge
• "so great and beautiful that I cannot write them": Religious Mystery and Children's Literature: Pat Pinsent
• Nancy's Ancestors: The Mystery of Imaginative Female Power in The Secret Garden and A Little Princess —Mary Jeanette Moran
• The Juvenile Detective and Social Class: Mark Twain, Scouting for Girls, and the Nancy Drew Mysteries—Troy Boone
• Children's Detective Fiction and the "Perfect Crime" of Adulthood—Christopher Routledge
• Digging up the Family Plot: Secrets, Mystery, and the Blytonesque—David Rudd
• Plotting the Past: The Detective as Historian in the Novels of Philippa Pearce—Valerie Krips
• The Secret Development of a Girl Writer: Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy —Robin Amelia Morris
• Apparition and Apprehension: Emergent Womanhood and Supernatural Mystery in Novels for Children by Women Writers—Adrienne E. Gavin
• Processed by the Beast: Subjectivity and Agency in Pictures in the Dark and Foxspell —Clare Bradford
• "There are Worse Things than Ghosts": Reworking Horror Chronotopes in Australian Children's Fiction—John Stephens & Robyn McCallum
• The Mysteries of Postmodern Epistemology: Stratemeyer, Stine, and Contemporary Mystery for Children—Karen Coats
• Harry Potter and the Mystery of Ordinary Life—Christopher Routledge
• Enigma's Variation: The Puzzling Mysteries of Avi, Ellen Raskin, Diana Wynne Jones, and Chris Van Allsburg—Adrienne E. Gavin

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