Originally published in 1996. A detailed analysis of the art of children's literature covering world literature for children, children's literature as a canonical art form, the history of children's literature from a semiotic perspective, and epic, polyphony, chronotope, intertextuality, and metafiction in children's literature.
Preface. Children's Literature Coming of Age? By Way of Introduction 1. World Literature for Children 2. Children's Literature - A Canonical Art Form 3. The History of Children's Literature from a Semiotic Perspective 4. From Epic to Polyphony 5. Chronotope in Children's Literature 6. Intertextuality in Children's Literature 7. Metafiction in Children's Literature. Whither Children's Literature? By Way of Conclusion
Reissuing works originally published between 1981 and 2000 this set offers an outstanding small collection of scholarship. It includes volumes on Victorian fiction for children, boys’ school stories, heroes in children’s literature, boyhood and children’s literature as art and how criticism developed for the genre.