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Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter

Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter

by Seth Lerer
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ISBN-13: 9780226473017
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 505,465
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Seth Lerer is dean of arts and humanities at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of many books, including Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language, and the editor of several collections, including The Yale Companion to Chaucer.


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Introduction 1

Toward a New History of Children's Literature

1 Speak, Child 17

Children's Literature in Classical Antiquity

2 Ingenuity and Authority 35

Aesop's Fables and Their Afterlives

3 Court, Commerce, and Cloister 57

The Literatures of Medieval Childhood

4 From Alphabet to Elegy 81

The Puritan Impact on Children's Literature

5 Playthings of the Mind 104

John Locke and Children's Literature

6 Canoes and Cannibals 129

Robinson Crusoe and Its Legacies

7 From Islands to Empires 151

Storytelling for a Boy's World

8 On Beyond Darwin 172

From Kingsley to Seuss

9 Ill-Tempered and Queer 190

Sense and Nonsense, from Victorian to Modern

10 Straw Into Gold 209

Fairy-Tale Philology

11 Theaters of Girlhood 228

Domesticity, Desire, and Performance in Female Fiction

12 Pan in the Garden 252

The Edwardian Turn in Children's Literature

13 Good Feeling 274

Prizes, Libraries, and the Institutions of American Children's Literature

14 Keeping Things Straight 288

Style and the Child

15 Tap Your Pencil on the Paper 305

Children's Literature in an Ironic Age

Epilogue Children's Literature and the History of the Book 320

Acknowledgments 333

Notes 337

Index 377

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