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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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21-30 of 103 results in Children's Literature and Culture
  1. Second-Generation Memory and Contemporary Children’s Literature

    Ghost Images

    By Anastasia Ulanowicz

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This book visits a range of textual forms including diary, novel, and picturebook to explore the relationship between second-generation memory and contemporary children’s literature. Ulanowicz argues that second-generation memory — informed by intimate family relationships, textual mediation, and...

    Published March 11th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Youth of Darkest England

    Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empire

    By Troy Boone

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This book examines the representation of English working-class children — the youthful inhabitants of the poor urban neighborhoods that a number of writers dubbed "darkest England" — in Victorian and Edwardian imperialist literature. In particular, Boone focuses on how the writings for and about...

    Published January 10th 2013 by Routledge

  3. 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 December 18th 2012 by Routledge

  4. 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 December 17th 2012 by Routledge

  5. 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 25th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Soon Come Home to This Island

    West Indians in British Children's Literature

    By Karen Sands-O'Connor

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    Soon Come Home to This Island traces the representation of West Indian characters in British children's literature from 1700 to today. This book challenges traditional notions of British children's literature as mono-cultural by illuminating the contributions of colonial and postcolonial-era Black...

    Published October 9th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Sparing the Child

    Grief and the Unspeakable in Youth Literature about Nazism and the Holocaust

    By Hamida Bosmajian

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    Bosmajian explores children's texts that have either a Holocaust survivor or a former member of the Hitler Youth as a protagonist....

    Published September 24th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Brown Gold

    Milestones of African American Children's Picture Books, 1845-2002

    By Michelle Martin

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    Brown Gold is a compelling history and analysis of African-American children's picturebooks from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. At the turn of the nineteenth century, good children's books about black life were hard to find — if, indeed, young black readers and their parents could even...

    Published September 24th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Subjectivity in Asian Children’s Literature and Film

    Global Theories and Implications

    Edited by John Stephens

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This volume establishes a dialogue between East and West in children’s literature scholarship. In all cultures, children’s literature shows a concern to depict identity and individual development, so that character and theme pivot on questions of agency and the circumstances that frame an...

    Published September 16th 2012 by Routledge

  10. Constructing the Canon of Children's Literature

    Beyond Library Walls and Ivory Towers

    By Anne Lundin

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    In this pioneering historical study, Anne Lundin argues that schools, libraries, professional organizations, and the media together create and influence the constantly changing canon of children's literature. Lundin examines the circumstances out of which the canon emerges, and its effect on the...

    Published September 9th 2012 by Routledge