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Over the past fifty years, children's literature has freed itself of many traditional restrictions and become a field of exciting innovations in both form and content. The new status of children's literature has been accompanied by an unprecedented growth in research on children's literature internationally. This volume explores the many changes that have taken place in the past half-century in children's literature, showing how those changes reflect our rapidly-changing world and attempt to prepare children for the new millennium. Among the issues discussed are the shifting boundaries between children's literature and adult literature, postmodern trends, paradigm shifts, national literatures, and the reconceptualization of the past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313301452
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/1997
Series: Contributions to the Study of World Literature Series , #74
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)

About the Author

SANDRA L. BECKETT is Professor of French at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. She has served as the Vice-President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL). Her research focuses on contemporary French fiction for adults as well as children. She is the author of three books on Henri Bosco, and has recently completed a book entitled Les grands romanciers écrivent pour les enfants, 1945-1995. She has also published numerous articles on the contemporary French novel, as well as French and French-Canadian children's literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reflections of Change

Theory and Children's Literature

Fear of Children's Literature: What's Left (or Right) After Theory? by Perry Nodelman

"Is This the Promised End…?": Fin de Siècle Mentality and Children's Literature by John Stephens

Ramona the Underestimated: The Everyday-Life Story in Children's Literature by Deborah Stevenson

Shifting Boundaries Between Children's and Adult Literature

The Disappearance of Children's Literature (or Children's Literature as Nostalgia) in the United States in the Late Twentieth Century by Jerry Griswold

Literature for All Ages? Literary Emancipation and the Borders of Children's Literature by Anne de Vries

The Changing Status of Children and Children's Literature by Eva-Maria Metcalf

Experimental Writing and Postmodern Trends

From Grand Narrative to Small Stories: New Narrative Structures in Recent Scandinavian Children's Literature by Åsfrid Svensen

The Status of Sequels in Children's Literature: The Long Secret and Beyond the Chocolate War by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

Gillian Cross' Wolf: An Exploration of Patterns and Polarities by Susan Clancy

Paradigm Shifts

Reflections of Change in Children's Book Titles by Maria Nikolajeva

High and Wild Magic, the Moral Universe, and the Electronic Superhighway: Reflections of Change in Susan Cooper's Fantasy Literature by Carole Scott

"Terror is Her Constant Companion": The Cult of Fear in Recent Books for Teenagers by Roderick McGillis

Suburban Scenarios in Simon French's All We Know: The Emergence of the Suburbs as the Spatial Framework for Australian Children's Fiction by Beverley Pennell

Reading Children's Literature Multiculturally by Daniel D. Hade

National Literatures

The Journey Inward: Adolescent Literature in America, 1945-1995 by Anne Scott MacLeod

The Novel for Adolescents in Québec: Stereotypes and New Conventions by Danielle Thaler

Realistic Stories for Children in the Federal Republic of Germany 1970-1994: Features and Tendencies by Dagmar Grenz

Text and Context: Factors in the Development of Children's Literature in Taiwan 1945-1995, and the Emergence of Young Adult Literature by Shu-Jy Duan

Reconceptualizing the Past

An Awfully Big Adventure? Representations of the Second World War in British Children's Books of the 1960s and 1970s by Dieter Petzold

Topsy-Turvy World: New Trends in Modern Russian Children's Literature by Olga MÄeots

Children's Literature in Totalitarian and Post-totalitarian Society by Vincas Auryla

Selected Bibliography


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