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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.

152 Series Titles

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A Critical History of French Children's Literature Volume One: 1600–1830

A Critical History of French Children's Literature: Volume One: 1600–1830

1st Edition

By Penelope E. Brown
December 07, 2009

These books are the first full-length, comprehensive study written in English of French children’s literature. They provide both an overview of developments from the seventeenth century to the present day and detailed discussion of texts that are representative, innovative, or influential ...

Enterprising Youth Social Values and Acculturation in Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Literature

Enterprising Youth: Social Values and Acculturation in Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Literature

1st Edition

Edited By Monika Elbert
November 23, 2009

"Recommended" by Choice Enterprising Youth examines the agenda behind the shaping of nineteenth-century children’s perceptions and world views and the transmission of civic duties and social values to children by adults. The essays in this book reveal the contradictions involved in the perceptions ...

Voracious Children Who Eats Whom in Children's Literature

Voracious Children: Who Eats Whom in Children's Literature

1st Edition

By Carolyn Daniel
June 16, 2009

Voracious Children explores food and the way it is used to seduce, to pleasure, and coerce not only the characters within children's literature but also its readers. There are a number of gripping questions concerning the quantity and quality of the food featured in children's fiction that ...

Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre Fiction for Children and Adults

Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults

1st Edition

By Mike Cadden
June 01, 2008

This book critically examines Le Guin's fiction for all ages, and it will be of great interest to her many admirers and to all students and scholars of children's literature....

The Poetics of Childhood

The Poetics of Childhood

1st Edition

By Roni Natov
June 09, 2006

Children's literature provides a medium through which writers re-create or approximate the sensibility of a child. But what exactly is this sensibility, and how does it find creative expression in adulthood? What language can portray the seemingly untranslatable experience of a child? The Poetics ...

Regendering the School Story Sassy Sissies and Tattling Tomboys

Regendering the School Story: Sassy Sissies and Tattling Tomboys

1st Edition

By Beverly Lyon Clark
December 07, 2000

In 18th through 20th-century British and American literature, school stories always play out the power relationships between adult and child. They also play out gender relationships, especially when females are excluded, although most histories of the genre ignore the unusual novels that probe the...

The Case of Peter Rabbit Changing Conditions of Literature for Children

The Case of Peter Rabbit: Changing Conditions of Literature for Children

1st Edition

By Margaret Mackey
April 01, 1999

Using the example of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter to explore the impact of new media and technologies on how children learn about stories and reading, this book investigates nearly 100 re-tellings in a variety of media, some authorized by Potter's publisher Frederick Warne, some ...

Children's Films History, Ideology, Pedagogy, Theory

Children's Films: History, Ideology, Pedagogy, Theory

1st Edition

By Ian Wojik-Andrews
July 11, 2000

This study examines children's films from various critical perspectives, including those provided by classical and current film theory....

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