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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. Discourses of Postcolonialism in Contemporary British Children's Literature

    By Blanka Grzegorczyk

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This book considers how contemporary British children’s books engage with some of the major cultural debates of recent years, and how they resonate with the current preoccupations and tastes of the white mainstream British reading public. A central assumption of this volume is that Britain’s...

    Published November 6th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Fantasy and the Real World in British Children’s Literature

    The Power of Story

    By Caroline Webb

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This study examines the children’s books of three extraordinary British writers—J.K. Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones, and Terry Pratchett—and investigates their sophisticated use of narrative strategies not only to engage children in reading, but to educate them into becoming mature readers and...

    Published October 9th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Beyond Pippi Longstocking

    Intermedial and International Approaches to Astrid Lindgren's Work

    Edited by Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, Astrid Surmatz

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    Astrid Lindgren, author of the famed Pippi Longstocking novels, is perhaps one of the most significant children's authors of the last half of the twentieth century. In this collection contributors consider films, music, and picturebooks relating to Lindgren, in addition to...

    Published September 10th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Humor in Contemporary Junior Literature

    By Julie Cross

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    In this new book, Julie Cross examines the intricacies of textual humor in contemporary junior literature, using the tools of literary criticism and humor theory. Cross investigates the dialectical paradoxes of humor and debunks the common belief in oppositional binaries of ‘simple’ versus ‘complex...

    Published August 11th 2014 by Routledge

  5. The Myth of Persephone in Girls' Fantasy Literature

    By Holly Blackford

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    In this book, Blackford historicizes the appeal of the Persephone myth in the nineteenth century and traces figurations of Persephone, Demeter, and Hades throughout girls’ literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She illuminates developmental patterns and anxieties in E. T. A. Hoffmann...

    Published July 16th 2014 by Routledge

  6. Landscape in Children's Literature

    By Jane Suzanne Carroll

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This book provides a new critical methodology for the study of landscapes in children's literature. Treating landscape as the integration of unchanging and irreducible physical elements, or topoi, Carroll identifies and analyses four kinds of space — sacred spaces, green spaces, roadways, and...

    Published July 16th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children's Literature

    By Tison Pugh

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature examines distinguished classics of children’s literature both old and new—including L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of...

    Published July 16th 2014 by Routledge

  8. LITTLE WOMEN and THE FEMINIST IMAGINATION

    Criticism, Controversy, Personal Essays

    Edited by Janice M. Alberghene, Beverly Lyon Clark

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published May 29th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Transcending Boundaries

    Writing for a Dual Audience of Children and Adults

    Edited by Sandra L. Beckett

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    Transcending Boundaries: Writing for a Dual Audience of Children and Adults is a collection of essays on twentieth-century authors who cross the borders between adult and children's literature and appeal to both audiences. This collection of fourteen essays by scholars from eight countries...

    Published May 29th 2014 by Routledge

  10. A Past Without Shadow

    Constructing the Past in German Books for Children

    By Zohar Shavit

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    A Past Without Shadow examines 50 years of German children's books in which the darkest horrors of the Third Reich have routinely remained hidden. The horrors of the Third Reich are systematically screened and filtered, allowing the darker, bleaker parts of history to escape illumination. Here...

    Published May 29th 2014 by Routledge