This book explores the phenomenon of the story paper, the meanings and values children took from their reading, and the responses of adults to their reading choices. It argues for the revaluing of the story paper in the inter-war years, giving the genre a pivotal role in the development of children's literature.
About the Author
Helen A. Fairlie is a writer and editor based in the West Midlands. Having worked for many years as a senior commissioning editor in academic publishing, she now undertakes freelance projects for various publishers across the social sciences. Her research interests include the history of children's literature, and children's literature theory.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Setting the Scene: Critical Perspectives, Producers and Consumers 2. The Moral Code of Inter-war Story Papers 3. Understanding School Worlds: The Fictional and the Real 4. The Imperial Hero: Story Paper Hero-figures 5. Inter-war Story Papers and the Rise of Children's Cinema 6. Story Papers as Cultural Artefacts: Contexts and Content Conclusion Appendix Boys' and Girls' Story Paper Reading Bibliography Index