Radical Children's Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction

Radical Children's Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction

by Kimberley Reynolds
     
 

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This award-winning book, now available in paperback, is designed to challenge the view that children's literature is innately conservative - that it lags behind writing for adults. By looking at a range of texts, past and present, it shows that children's literature is in fact a playground in which radical and innovative texts are devised. Developments in

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This award-winning book, now available in paperback, is designed to challenge the view that children's literature is innately conservative - that it lags behind writing for adults. By looking at a range of texts, past and present, it shows that children's literature is in fact a playground in which radical and innovative texts are devised. Developments in children's literature have not gone uncontested, particularly when a controversial children's book also wins a major literary prize. But to date there has been no focused examination of how far conventional boundaries have been breached in children's literature, or what it means that the boundaries between writing for adults and children are increasingly blurred. Neither has the cultural debt owed to children's literature as a source of innovation and assimilation of new ideas in writing, illustration and narrative experimentation been acknowledged. Radical Children's Literature begin this process by exploring how writing for children redirects the way in which genres, texts and new technologies interact creatively with childhood and youth culture.

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Winner of the 2007 Book Award by the Children's Literature Association

'Radical Children's Fiction is a long overdue rethinking of the status of children's fiction, showing that it is not the cosy, outdated backwater that some earlier critics have suggested. Rather, it is vibrant and multiform, often cutting-edge and subversive. Covering a huge geographical and historical range, Reynolds examines both traditional and less traditional literary forms (visual media, computer games, fan fiction etc), effortlessly combining insightful close readings with an enviable theoretical acumen. This book is destined to become a classic in the field.' - Dr David Rudd, University of Bolton, UK

'...[A] groundbreaking study...The wide range of texts discussed and the new insights offered into the interplay of children's literature with childhood and youth culture will make this book an indispensable study for children's literature scholars.' - Claudia Söffner, Bookbird, A Journal of International Children's Literature

'As Kimberley Reynolds begins by explaining, children's books are often much bigger inside than out. Their effects on the individual reader can be radically transformative over time, but so far, children's literature criticism has had very little to say about these uniquely transformative powers. Reynolds writes with persuasive authority and unsurpassed depth of knowledge both about the history of children's literature, and about the rich diversity of literature being produced for children today. Best of all is the invigorating new approach she brings to the subject: here, we discover how children's literature has been, and continues to be, at the vanguard of radical experimentation in art. New narrative forms, new ways of combining the verbal and the visual, vigorous exploitation of new technologies: all these characterise the history and the current production of children's literature. This masterly study should provide the impetus for a new generation of children's literature scholars to approach the subject with an enriched understanding of its complexity and seriousness.' - Dr Rachel Falconer, University of Sheffield, UK

'It is an ambitious study...the author lucidly makes her case and supplies an abundance of examples and quotations in its support.' - Mary Cadogan, Children's Books History Society

'...an indispensable critical text to students of twentieth- and twenty-first century children's literature...' - Pat Pinsent

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230206212
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/12/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
643 KB

Meet the Author

Kimberly Reynolds is Professor of Children's Literature at Newcastle University, UK. Kimberly was formerly President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature (2003-7), board member of the V&A Trustees' committee with responsibility for the Museum of Childhood, and a board member of the charity Booktrust (Chair 2004-8), and is currently a member of the UK Children s Laureate steering committee.

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