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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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Historical and Cultural Transformations of Russian Childhood Myths and Realities

Historical and Cultural Transformations of Russian Childhood: Myths and Realities

1st Edition

Edited By Marina Balina, Larissa Rudova, Anastasia Kostetskaya
November 30, 2022

Historical and Cultural Transformations of Russian Childhood is a collection of multidisciplinary scholarly essays on childhood experience. The volume offers new critical approaches to Russian and Soviet childhood at the intersection of philosophy, literary criticism, film/visual studies, and ...

The Women Who Invented Twentieth-Century Children’s Literature Only the Best

The Women Who Invented Twentieth-Century Children’s Literature: Only the Best

1st Edition

By Elizabeth West
October 24, 2022

Publishing for children between 1930 and 1960 has been denigrated as a relatively fallow period for creativity and quality, certainly in comparison with the ‘golden ages’ of children’s literature that preceded and succeeded it. This book questions this perception by using archival evidence to argue...

Representations of Children and Success in Asia Dream Chasers

Representations of Children and Success in Asia: Dream Chasers

1st Edition

Edited By Shih-Wen Sue Chen, Sin Wen Lau
September 28, 2022

This edited volume explores how success is conceptualized and represented in texts for young people in Asia. The essays in this collection examine how success for children relates to education, family, gender, race, class, community, and the nation. It answers the following questions: How is ...

Antarctica in British Children’s Literature

Antarctica in British Children’s Literature

1st Edition

By Sinead Moriarty
May 30, 2022

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 ...

ChicaNerds in Chicana Young Adult Literature Brown and Nerdy

ChicaNerds in Chicana Young Adult Literature: Brown and Nerdy

1st Edition

By Cristina Herrera
April 29, 2022

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 "...

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 Kalla
April 29, 2022

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 ...

Graphic Girlhoods Visualizing Education and Violence

Graphic Girlhoods: Visualizing Education and Violence

1st Edition

By Elizabeth Marshall
August 14, 2020

Drawing on a dynamic set of "graphic texts of girlhood," Elizabeth Marshall identifies the locations, cultural practices, and representational strategies through which schoolgirls experience real and metaphorical violence. How is the schoolgirl made legible through violence in graphic texts of ...

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 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 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 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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