Audacious Kids: The Classic American Children's Story

Audacious Kids: The Classic American Children's Story

by Jerry Griswold

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421414577
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Edition description: revised edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jerry Griswold is professor emeritus of literature at San Diego State University and former director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. He is the author of seven books, including Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children’s Literature, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Table of Contents

Preface 2014 ix

Preface to the First Edition xvii

Introduction 2014: A History of American Children's Literature 1

Introduction to The First Edition: Fundamental Similarities among Twelve American Children's Books 16

Part 1 Oedipal Patterns

1 There's No Place but Home: The Wizard of Oz 43

2 The Long Parricidal Dream: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 57

3 Spinster Aunt, Sugar Daddy, and Child-Woman: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 92

Part 2 Manuals of Republicanism

4 Motherland, Fatherland, or Oedipal Politics: Little Lord Fauntleroy 115

5 Ur of the Ur-Stories: Tarzan of the Apes 127

6 Impostors, Succession, and Faux Histories: The Prince and the Pauper 145

Part 3 The Theater of Feelings

7 Remorse and Regrets: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 169

8 Bosom Enemies: Little Women 184

9 Bread and Circuses: Toby Tyler 196

Part 4 The Gospel of Optimism

10 Sunny Land, Angry Waters: Hans drinker 219

11 Positive Thinking: The Secret Garden 233

12 Radical Innocence: Pollyanna 250

Afterword to the First Edition 275

Notes 281

Select Bibliography 321

Index 317

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Beverly Lyon Clark

Audacious Kids is a trailblazing historical account of American children’s literature. Jerry Griswold’s analyses of individual works are astute, and his writing is witty and accessible.

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