A Critical History of French Children's Literature
Volume Two: 1830-Present
Routledge – 2007 – 380 pages
This two-volume critical history of French children’s literature from 1600 to the present helps bring awareness of the range, quality, and importance of French children’s literature to a wider audience. The works of a number of French writers, notably La Fontaine, Charles Perrault, Jules Verne, and Saint-Exupéry were, and continue to be, widely translated and adapted, and have influenced the development of the genre in other countries.
"Writing specifically for children is a comparatively modern preoccupation, and scholarship about writing for children is an even more recent phenomenon. This is why this book on French children's literature is so important…Brown treats the French counterparts of Blyton, Dahl, Tolkien, and Rowling with intelligence and flair, pointing out radical intertextualities and new acculturations. Packed with detail and bibliographic material, this is a rich resource indeed. Highly recommended." -- K.M. Sibbald, Choice, May 2008
Acknowledgments. Series Editor’s Forward. Introduction. 1. Old Friends and Children’s Books on the Move 2. The Novel of Domestic Realism, or the Family Novel 3. Hetzel, Jules Verne and the Adventure of Science 4. Signs of the Times 5. The Early Twentieth Century 6. The Role of Images 7. The Renaissance of the Imagination 8. A literature for Children. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography
Penny Brown is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Manchester, U.K., and is also author of The Poison at the Source and The Captured World.