Global and Historical Perspectives
Routledge – 2008 – 350 pages
In Crossover Fiction, Sandra L. Beckett explores the global trend of crossover literature and explains how it is transforming literary canons, concepts of readership, the status of authors, the publishing industry, and bookselling practices. This study will have significant relevance across disciplines, as scholars in literary studies, media and cultural studies, visual arts, education, psychology, and sociology examine the increasingly blurred borderlines between adults and young people in contemporary society, notably with regard to their consumption of popular culture.
"As her subtitle indicates, Beckett provides a broad perspective of the genre and explores both adult-to-child and child-to-adult crossover fiction, fantasy read by all ages, the reasons for (and consequences of) the popularity of crossover fiction, the effect of Pottermania on the genre, and the publishing and marketing of crossover fiction."--C. McCutcheon, University of South Carolina Upstate
"The most significant strength of Beckett’s book is her scope. Beckett devotes significant portions of her book to authors and titles from a global perspective, including authors (both well known and lesser known) from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, India, South Africa, Australia, Poland, the Netherlands, and the Ukraine, to name just a few. As a resource for titles, authors, and publishers, the book seems invaluable." --The Lion and the Unicorn 33 (2009)
"Beckett's book makes a compelling case for the end of separate categories of literature for children and adults and an "all-ages" approach to writing and publishing fiction."--Susan Stand, Central Michigan University
Series Editor’s Forward
Chapter One: Adult-to-Child Crossover Fiction
Chapter Two: Rewriting for Another Audience
Chapter Three: Child-to-Adult Crossover Fiction
Chapter Four: All Ages Fantasy
Chapter Five: Authors Crossing Over
Chapter Six: Publishers and the Marketplace
Chapter Seven: Paratexts and Packaging
Epilogue: Causes and Consequences of the Current Crossover Craze
Sandra L. Beckett is Professor of French at Brock University. She is the author of Red Riding Hood for All Ages: A Fairy Tale Icon in Cross-Cultural Contexts (forthcoming), Recycling Red Riding Hood, and De grands romanciers écrivent pour les enfants. She is the editor of Transcending Boundaries: Writing for a Dual Audience of Children and Adults and Reflections of Change: Children’s Literature Since 1945, and the co-editor of Beyond Babar: The European Tradition in Children’s Literature.