Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter

Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter

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by Jack Zipes, Jack Zipes
     
 

Children's literature? Have children really ever had a literature of their own? Jack Zipes -- translator of the Grimm tales, teacher, storyteller, and scholar -- has never flinched from the hard questions about kids and books. In Sticks and Stones he raises the stakes for everyone who cares about children's literature and culture. From the grisly nineteenth-century… See more details below

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Children's literature? Have children really ever had a literature of their own? Jack Zipes -- translator of the Grimm tales, teacher, storyteller, and scholar -- has never flinched from the hard questions about kids and books. In Sticks and Stones he raises the stakes for everyone who cares about children's literature and culture. From the grisly nineteenth-century moralism of Slovenly Peter (whose fingers get cut off) to the wildly successful Harry Potter books, children's literature is in many ways the "grown-ups' version" -- a story about childhood that adults tell to kids. And that, argues Jack Zipes, can be a problem: even the experts don't really know what children make of what we give them. Sticks and Stones is a forthright and engaging book by someone who cares deeply about what and how children read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415928113
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1The Cultural Homogenization of American Children1
2Do You Know What We Are Doing to Your Books?24
3Why Children's Literature Does Not Exist39
4The Value of Evaluating the Value of Children's Literature61
5Wanda Gag's Americanization of the Grimms' Fairy Tales81
6The Contamination of the Fairy Tale99
7The Wisdom and Folly of Storytelling126
8The Perverse Delight of Shockheaded Peter147
9The Phenomenon of Harry Potter, or Why All the Talk?170
Bibliography191
Index205

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