Outstanding Book of the Year Award, Children’s Literature Association
Often called the Golden Age of Children’s Books, the years stretching from the Civil War to World War I were a remarkable epoch in juvenile literature, an era when the best authors on both sides of the Atlantic wrote some of their finest work primarily for children. In Audacious Kids, Jerry Griswold provides a groundbreaking and lucid study of twelve of these classic American children’s tales, including such time-honored stories as Little Women, Tom Sawyer, The Secret Garden, and The Wizard of Oz.
Griswold’s most remarkable insight is that, fundamentally, these twelve books all tell essentially the same story: a child is orphaned, makes a journey, is adopted and harassed by adults, and eventually triumphs over them and comes into his or her own. Griswold, a leading figure in the study of children’s literature, also reveals that these tales emphasize motifs that are distinctly American, such as positive thinking, concern with health, and the concealment of sex and violence, and he shows how these secular parables replaced religion with psychology and preached gospels of emotional self-control and optimism.
In this revised edition, which is aimed at students, scholars, and general readers, Griswold has updated the text throughout and added a new preface, introduction, and select bibliography.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Edition description:||revised edition|
|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
Select Bibliography 321
What People are Saying About This
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.