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The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature / Edition 1

The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature / Edition 1

by M. O. Grenby, Andrea ImmelM. O. Grenby
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Some of the most innovative and spell-binding literature has been written for young people, but only recently has academic study embraced its range and complexity. This Companion offers a state-of-the-subject survey of English-language children's literature from the seventeenth century to the present. With discussions ranging from eighteenth-century moral tales to modern fantasies by J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, the Companion illuminates acknowledged classics and many more neglected works. Its unique structure means that equal consideration can be given to both texts and contexts. Some chapters analyse key themes and major genres, including humour, poetry, school stories, and picture books. Others explore the sociological dimensions of children's literature and the impact of publishing practices. Written by leading scholars from around the world, this Companion will be essential reading for all students and scholars of children's literature, offering original readings and new research that reflects the latest developments in the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521687829
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/10/2009
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 1,092,757
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

M. O. Grenby is Reader in Children's Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Andrea Immel is Curator of the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii

Notes on contributors ix

Preface xiii

Chronology Eric J. Johnson xvii

Part I Contexts and Genres

1 The origins of children's literature M. O. Grenby 3

2 Children's books and constructions of childhood Andrea Immel 19

3 The making of children's books Brian Alderson 35

4 Picture-book worlds and ways of seeing Katie Trumpener 55

5 The fear of poetry Richard Flynn 76

6 Retelling stories across time and cultures John Stephens 91

7 Classics and canons Deborah stevenson 108

Part II Audiences

8 Learning to be literate Lissa Paul 127

9 Gender roles in children's fiction Judy Simons 143

10 Children's texts and the grown-up reader U. C. Knoepflmacher 159

11 Ideas of difference in children's literature Lynne Vallone 174

Part III Forms and Themes

12 Changing families in children's fiction Kimberley Reynolds 193

13 Traditions of the school story Mavis Reimer 209

14 Fantasy's alternative geography for children Andrea Immel U. C. Knoepflmacher Julia Briggs 226

15 Animal and object stories David Rudd 242

16 Humour and the body in children's literature Roderick McGillis 258

Further reading 272

Index 279

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