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Understanding Children's Literature [NOOK Book]

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Edited by Peter Hunt, a leading figure in the field, this book introduces the study of children’s literature, addressing theoretical questions as well as the most relevant critical approaches to the discipline.



The fourteen chapters draw on insights from academic disciplines ranging from cultural and literary studies to education and psychology, and include an essay on what writers for children think about ...

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Overview

Edited by Peter Hunt, a leading figure in the field, this book introduces the study of children’s literature, addressing theoretical questions as well as the most relevant critical approaches to the discipline.



The fourteen chapters draw on insights from academic disciplines ranging from cultural and literary studies to education and psychology, and include an essay on what writers for children think about their craft. The result is a fascinating array of perspectives on key topics in children’s literature as well as an introduction to such diverse concerns as literacy, ideology, stylistics, feminism, history, culture and bibliotherapy.



An extensive general bibliography is complemented by lists of further reading for each chapter and a glossary defines critical and technical terms, making the book accessible for those coming to the field or to a particular approach for the first time.



In this second edition there are four entirely new chapters; contributors have revisited and revised or rewritten seven of the chapters to reflect new thinking, while the remaining three are classic essays, widely acknowledged to be definitive.



Understanding Children’s Literature will not only be an invaluable guide for students of literature or education, but it will also inform and enrich the practice of teachers and librarians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134186587
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/17/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Hunt was the first specialist in Children’s Literature to be appointed professor in a UK English Department; he has written or edited 16 books on the subject. In 2003 he won the International Brothers Grimm Award from the International Children’s Literature Institute, Osaka, for outstanding services to world children’s books studies.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
1 Introduction: The World of Children's Literature Studies 1
2 Essentials: What is Children's Literature? What is Childhood? 15
3 The Setting of Children's Literature: History and Culture 30
4 The Impossibility of Innocence: Ideology, Politics, and Children's Literature 39
5 Analysing Texts for Children: Linguistics and Stylistics 56
6 Decoding the Images: Illustration and Picture Books 69
7 Readers, Texts, Contexts: Reader-Response Criticism 81
8 Reading the Unconscious: Psychoanalytical Criticism 100
9 From Sex-Role Stereotyping to Subjectivity: Feminist Criticism 112
10 Inspecting the Foundations: Bibliographical Studies 124
11 Relating Texts: Intertextuality 130
12 Very Advanced Texts: Metafictions and Experimental Work 138
13 Children Becoming Readers: Reading and Literacy 151
14 Can Stories Heal? 163
General Bibliography 174
Glossary 178
Index 181
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