Affect, Emotion, and Children’s Literature: Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults (Hardback) book cover

Affect, Emotion, and Children’s Literature

Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults

Edited by Kristine Moruzi, Michelle J. Smith, Elizabeth Bullen

© 2017 – Routledge

216 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This volume explores the relationship between representation, affect, and emotion in texts for children and young adults. It demonstrates how texts for young people function as tools for emotional socialisation, enculturation, and political persuasion. The collection provides an introduction to this emerging field and engages with the representation of emotions, ranging from shame, grief, and anguish to compassion and happiness, as psychological and embodied states and cultural constructs with ideological significance. It also explores the role of narrative empathy in relation to emotional socialisation and to the ethics of representation in relation to politics, social justice, and identity categories including gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality. Addressing a range of genres, including advice literature, novels, picture books, and film, this collection examines contemporary, historical, and canonical children’s and young adult literature to highlight the variety of approaches to emotion and affect in these texts and to consider the ways in which these approaches offer new perspectives on these texts. The individual chapters apply a variety of theoretical approaches and perspectives, including cognitive poetics, narratology, and poststructuralism, to the analysis of affect and emotion in children’s and young adult literature.


"What has been needed is a key text that readers can depend on to give them an overview of the potential of the ‘affective turn’ in theory – and this edited collection fills that gap." --David Rudd, Director of NCRCL, University of Roehampton, UK

"Within the context of children’s culture, Affect, Emotion, and Children’s Literature offers scholars a sophisticated synthesis of those cognitive theories involved with emotions and how they are deployed. The essays in this volume demonstrate how children and teenagers learn emotionology through the texts they experience—and even more important, these essays provide clear evidence of the important role children’s literature can play in providing data for researchers interested in the connection between children, their reading, and emotional development." --Roberta Seelinger Trites, English, Illinois State University, USA

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Children’s Literature and the Affective Turn: Affect, Emotion, Empathy

Elizabeth Bullen, Kristine Moruzi, Michelle J. Smith

Section I: Affect and the Historical Child Reader

Chapter 2: From Virtue Ethics to Emotional Intelligence: Advice from Medieval Parents to Their Children

Juanita Feros Ruys

Chapter 3: Charity, Affect, and Waif Novels

Kristine Moruzi

Chapter 4: ‘feeling is believing’: Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty and the Power of Emotion

Adrienne Gavin

Chapter 5: ‘She cannot smile the smile that wells up from the heart’: Beauty, Health and Emotion in Six to Sixteen and The Secret Garden

Michelle J. Smith

Section II: Theory of Mind

Chapter 6: Emotions and Ethics: Implications for Children’s Literature

Maria Nikolajeva

Chapter 7: Simplified Minds: Empathy and Mind-modelling in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle

Lydia Kokkola

Chapter 8: ‘Would I lie to you?’: Unreliable Narration and the Emotional Rollercoast in Justine Larbalestier’s Liar

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

Section III: Place and Space

Chapter 9: Spatialities of Emotion: Place and Non-Place in Children’s Picture Books

Kerry Mallan

Chapter 10: Changing Minds and Hearts: Felt Theory and the Carceral Child in Indigenous Canadian Residential School Picture Books

Doris Wolf

Section IV: Emotions of Belonging

Chapter 11: ‘Love: it will kill you and save you, both’: Love as Rebellion in Recent YA Dystopian Trilogies

Debra Dudek

Chapter 12: At the Risk of ‘Feeling Brown’ in Gay YA: Machismo, Mariposas, and the Drag of Identity

Jon M. Wargo

Chapter 13: ‘Conceal, Don’t Feel’: Disability, Monstrosity and the Freak in Edward Scissorhands and Frozen

Dylan Holdsworth

About the Editors

Elizabeth Bullen is Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Australia.

Kristine Moruzi is Lecturer in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Australia.

Michelle J. Smith is Senior Lecturer and Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, Australia.

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Children's Studies