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Children's Literature and Culture

Series Editor: Philip Nel

Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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1-10 of 106 results in Children's Literature and Culture
  1. Children’s Literature and the Posthuman

    Animal, Environment, Cyborg

    By Zoe Jaques

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    An investigation of identity formation in children's literature, this book brings together children’s literature and recent critical concerns with posthuman identity to argue that children’s fiction offers sophisticated interventions into debates about what it means to be human, and in particular...

    Published December 23rd 2014 by Routledge

  2. National Character in South African English Children's Literature

    By Elwyn Jenkins

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This is the first full-length study of South African English youth literature to cover the entire period of its publication, from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. Jenkins' book focuses on what made the subsequent literature essentially South African and what...

    Published December 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  3. Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People

    By Noga Applebaum

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    In this new book, Noga Applebaum surveys science fiction novels published for children and young adults from 1980 to the present, exposing the anti-technological bias existing within a genre often associated with the celebration of technology. Applebaum argues that perceptions of technology as a...

    Published November 10th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Translation Under State Control

    Books for Young People in the German Democratic Republic

    By Gaby Thomson-Wohlgemuth

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    In this book, Gaby Thomson-Wohlgemuth explores the effects of ideology on the English-to-German translation of children’s literature under the socialist regime of the former German Democratic Republic. Giving prominence to extra-textual factors, the study undertakes a close investigation of the...

    Published November 10th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Peter Pan's Shadows in the Literary Imagination

    By Kirsten Stirling

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This book is a literary analysis of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan in all its different versions -- key rewritings, dramatisations, prequels, and sequels -- and includes a synthesis of the main critical interpretations of the text over its history. A comprehensive and intelligent study of the Peter Pan...

    Published November 10th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Contemporary English-Language Indian Children’s Literature

    Representations of Nation, Culture, and the New Indian Girl

    By Michelle Superle

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    Concurrent with increasing scholarly attention toward national children’s literatures, Contemporary English-language Indian Children’s Literature explores an emerging body of work that has thus far garnered little serious critical attention. Superle critically examines the ways Indian children’s...

    Published November 10th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Charles Dickens and the Victorian Child

    Romanticizing and Socializing the Imperfect Child

    By Amberyl Malkovich

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This book explores the ideas of children and childhood, and the construct of the ‘ideal’ Victorian child, that developed rapidly over the Victorian era along with literacy and reading material for the emerging mass reading public. Children’s Literature was one of the developing areas for publishers...

    Published November 10th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Textual Transformations in Children's Literature

    Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations

    Edited by Benjamin Lefebvre

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This book offers new critical approaches for the study of adaptations, abridgments, translations, parodies, and mash-ups that occur internationally in contemporary children’s culture. It follows recent shifts in adaptation studies that call for a move beyond fidelity criticism, a paradigm that...

    Published November 10th 2014 by Routledge

  9. The Nation in Children’s Literature

    Nations of Childhood

    Edited by Kit Kelen, Bjorn Sundmark

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This book explores the meaning of nation or nationalism in children’s literature and how it constructs and represents different national experiences. The contributors discuss diverse aspects of children’s literature and film from interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches, ranging from the...

    Published November 10th 2014 by Routledge

  10. Myth, Symbol, and Meaning in Mary Poppins

    By Giorgia Grilli

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    The Mary Poppins that many people know of today--a stern, but sweet, loveable, and reassuring British nanny--is a far cry from the character created by Pamela Lyndon Travers in the 1930's. Instead, this is the Mary Poppins reinvented by Disney in the eponymous movie. This book sheds light on the...

    Published November 10th 2014 by Routledge