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Children's Literature and Culture


About the Series

Founding Editor and Series Editor 1994-2011: Jack Zipes

Series Editor, 2011-2018: 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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The Figure of the Child in WWI American, British, and Canadian Children’s Literature Farmer, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The Figure of the Child in WWI American, British, and Canadian Children’s Literature: Farmer, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Elizabeth A. Galway
March 18, 2022

Over the past century, much attention has been paid to the literature written for adults in response to the First World War, but there has been comparatively little consideration of how the war influenced literature for young readers at the time. Based on extensive archival research, this study ...

Poetics and Ethics of Anthropomorphism Children, Animals, and Poetry

Poetics and Ethics of Anthropomorphism: Children, Animals, and Poetry

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Christopher (Kit) Kelen, Chengcheng You
October 25, 2021

Poetics and Ethics of Anthropomorphism: Children, Animals, and Poetry investigates a kind of poetry written mainly by adults for children. Many genres, including the picture book, are considered in asking for what purposes ‘animal poetry’ is composed and what function it serves. Critically ...

Dust Off the Gold Medal Rediscovering Children’s Literature at the Newbery Centennial

Dust Off the Gold Medal: Rediscovering Children’s Literature at the Newbery Centennial

1st Edition

Edited By Sara L. Schwebel, Jocelyn Van Tuyl
August 24, 2021

The oldest and most prestigious children’s literature award, the Newbery Medal has since 1922 been granted annually by the American Library Association to the children’s book it deems "most distinguished." Medal books enjoy an outsized influence on American children’s literature, figuring...

Sexuality in Literature for Children and Young Adults

Sexuality in Literature for Children and Young Adults

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Venzo, Kristine Moruzi
June 09, 2021

Expanding outward from previous scholarship on gender, queerness, and heteronormativity in children’s literature, this book offers fresh insights into representations of sex and sexuality in texts for young people. In this collection, new and established scholars examine how fiction and non-fiction...

Antarctica in British Children’s Literature

Antarctica in British Children’s Literature

1st Edition

By Sinead Moriarty
November 30, 2020

For over a century British authors have been writing about the Antarctic for child readers, yet this body of literature has never been explored in detail. Antarctica in British Children’s Literature examines this field for the first time, identifying the dominant genres and recurrent themes and ...

Rulers of Literary Playgrounds Politics of Intergenerational Play in Children’s Literature

Rulers of Literary Playgrounds: Politics of Intergenerational Play in Children’s Literature

1st Edition

Edited By Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Irena Barbara Kalla
October 30, 2020

Rulers of Literary Playgrounds: Politics of Intergenerational Play in Children’s Literature offers multifaceted reflection on interdependences between children and adults as they engage in play in literary texts and in real life. This volume brings together international children’s literature ...

ChicaNerds in Chicana Young Adult Literature Brown and Nerdy

ChicaNerds in Chicana Young Adult Literature: Brown and Nerdy

1st Edition

By Cristina Herrera
July 15, 2020

ChicaNerds in Chicana Young Adult Literature analyzes novels by the acclaimed Chicana YA writers Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández, Isabel Quintero, Ashley Hope Pérez, Erika Sánchez, Guadalupe García McCall, and Patricia Santana. Combining the term "Chicana" with "nerd," Dr. Herrera coins the term "...

Terror and Counter-Terror in Contemporary British Children’s Literature

Terror and Counter-Terror in Contemporary British Children’s Literature

1st Edition

By Blanka Grzegorczyk
May 28, 2020

The widespread threat of terrorist and counter-terrorist violence in the twenty-first century has created a globalized context for social interactions, transforming the ways in which young people relate to the world around them and to one another. This is the first study that reads post-9/11 and 7/...

The Arctic in Literature for Children and Young Adults

The Arctic in Literature for Children and Young Adults

1st Edition

Edited By Heidi Hansson, Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, Anka Ryall
February 17, 2020

As a setting for juvenile literature, the Arctic has traditionally been a space for adventure, the exotic and the fantastic. More recent works have used the Arctic setting to explore a dystopian future, often related to climate change. The aim of the present volume is to examine themes in Arctic ...

Out of Reach The Ideal Girl in American Girls’ Serial Literature

Out of Reach: The Ideal Girl in American Girls’ Serial Literature

1st Edition

By Kate G. Harper
November 08, 2019

Out of Reach: The Ideal Girl in American Girls’ Serial Literature traces the journey of the ideal girl through American girls’ series in the twentieth century. Who is the ideal girl? In what ways does the trope of the ideal girl rely on the exclusion and erasure of Othered girls? How does the ...

Cyborg Saints Religion and Posthumanism in Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

Cyborg Saints: Religion and Posthumanism in Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

1st Edition

By Carissa Turner Smith
September 10, 2019

Saints are currently undergoing a resurrection in middle grade and young adult fiction, as recent prominent novels by Socorro Acioli, Julie Berry, Adam Gidwitz, Rachel Hartman, Merrie Haskell, Gene Luen Yang, and others demonstrate. Cyborg Saints: Religion and Posthumanism in Middle Grade and Young...

Battling Girlhood Sympathy, Social Justice, and the Tomboy Figure in American Literature

Battling Girlhood: Sympathy, Social Justice, and the Tomboy Figure in American Literature

1st Edition

By Kristen B. Proehl
July 03, 2018

From Jo March of Little Women (1868) to Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games (2008), the American tomboy figure has evolved into an icon of modern girlhood and symbol of female empowerment. Battling Girlhood: Sympathy, Social Justice, and the Tomboy Figure in American Literature traces the ...

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