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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 108 results in Children's Literature and Culture
  1. New Directions in Gothic Children’s Literature

    Edited by Karen Coats, Anna Jackson

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This volume compliments The Gothic in Children’s Literature (2007), which addressed a gap in the critical literature between adult Gothic narrative and children’s and young adult literature in the Gothic tradition, discussing the early intersection of the genres and the contemporary manifestations...

    Published June 1st 2015 by Routledge

  2. Colonial India in Children’s Literature

    By Supriya Goswami

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    Colonial India in Children’s Literature is the first book-length study to explore the intersections of children’s literature and defining historical moments in colonial India. Engaging with important theoretical and critical literature that deals with colonialism, hegemony, and marginalization in...

    Published May 21st 2015 by Routledge

  3. Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults

    Brave New Teenagers

    Edited by Carrie Hintz, Balaka Basu, Katherine R. Broad

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    From the jaded, wired teenagers of M.T. Anderson's Feed to the spirited young rebels of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, the protagonists of Young Adult dystopias are introducing a new generation of readers to the pleasures and challenges of dystopian imaginings. As the dark universes of...

    Published May 21st 2015 by Routledge

  4. Justice in Young Adult Speculative Fiction

    A Cognitive Reading

    By Marek C. Oziewicz

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    This book is the first to offer a justice-focused cognitive reading of modern YA speculative fiction in its narrative and filmic forms. It links the expansion of YA speculative fiction in the 20th century with the emergence of human and civil rights movements, with the communitarian revolution in...

    Published April 21st 2015 by Routledge

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

Forthcoming Books

  1. National Character in South African English Children's Literature
    By Elwyn Jenkins
    To Be Published July 7th 2015
  2. Global Perspectives on Death in Children’s Literature
    Edited by Lesley D. Clement, Leyli Jamali
    To Be Published August 19th 2015
  3. Interactive Children's Texts and Movable Books: Playful Media before Pop-Ups
    By Jacqueline Reid-Walsh
    To Be Published November 1st 2015
  4. New Perspectives on Gender in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Teen Dreams and Lost Girls
    Edited by Tricia Clasen, Holly Hassel
    To Be Published November 1st 2015
  5. Children's Literature and Culture of the First World War
    Edited by Lissa Paul, Rosemary R. Johnston, Emma Short
    To Be Published November 1st 2015
  6. Embodying Gender and Age in Speculative Fiction: A Biopsychosocial Approach
    By Derek J. Thiess
    To Be Published November 2nd 2015
  7. The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture
    Edited by Jennifer Miskec, Annette Wannamaker
    To Be Published December 1st 2015
  8. The Big Smallness: Niche Marketing, the American Culture Wars, and the New Children’s Literature
    By Michelle Ann Abate
    To Be Published December 1st 2015
  9. Tolerance Discourse and Young Adult Holocaust Literature: Engaging Difference and Identity
    By Rachel Dean-Ruzicka
    To Be Published January 15th 2016
  10. Contemporary British Children’s Literature and Cosmopolitanism
    By Fiona McCulloch
    To Be Published February 1st 2016

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