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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 Right Thing to Read’ A History of Australian Girl-Readers, 1910-1960

‘The Right Thing to Read’: A History of Australian Girl-Readers, 1910-1960

1st Edition

By Bronwyn Lowe
March 19, 2018

‘The Right Thing to Read’: A History of Australian Girl-Readers, 1910-1960 explores the reading habits, identity, and construction of femininity of Australian girls aged between ten and fourteen from 1910 to 1960. It investigates changing notions of Australian girlhood across the period, and ...

The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture Theorizing Books for Beginning Readers

The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture: Theorizing Books for Beginning Readers

1st Edition

Edited By Jennifer Miskec, Annette Wannamaker
February 12, 2018

This is the first volume to consider the popular literary category of Early Readers – books written and designed for children who are just beginning to read independently. It argues that Early Readers deserve more scholarly attention and careful thought because they are, for many younger readers, ...

Postcolonial Approaches to Latin American Children’s Literature

Postcolonial Approaches to Latin American Children’s Literature

1st Edition

By Ann González
February 09, 2018

In this volume González explores how the effects of a traumatic colonial experience are (re)presented to Latin American children today, almost two centuries after the dismantling of colonialism proper. Central to this study is the argument that the historical constraints of colonialism, ...

The Victorian Era in Twenty-First Century Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Culture

The Victorian Era in Twenty-First Century Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Culture

1st Edition

Edited By Sonya Sawyer Fritz, Sara K. Day
February 07, 2018

Victorian literature for audiences of all ages provides a broad foundation upon which to explore complex and evolving ideas about young people. In turn, this collection argues, contemporary works for young people that draw on Victorian literature and culture ultimately reflect our own disruptions ...

Discourses of Postcolonialism in Contemporary British Children's Literature

Discourses of Postcolonialism in Contemporary British Children's Literature

1st Edition

By Blanka Grzegorczyk
February 06, 2018

This book considers how contemporary British children’s books engage with some of the major cultural debates of recent years, and how they resonate with the current preoccupations and tastes of the white mainstream British reading public. A central assumption of this volume is that Britain’s ...

Fantasy and the Real World in British Children’s Literature The Power of Story

Fantasy and the Real World in British Children’s Literature: The Power of Story

1st Edition

By Caroline Webb
February 06, 2018

This study examines the children’s books of three extraordinary British writers—J.K. Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones, and Terry Pratchett—and investigates their sophisticated use of narrative strategies not only to engage children in reading, but to educate them into becoming mature readers and ...

Global Perspectives on Death in Children’s Literature

Global Perspectives on Death in Children’s Literature

1st Edition

Edited By Lesley Clement, Leyli Jamali
February 06, 2018

This volume visits death in children’s literature from around the world, making a substantial contribution to the dialogue between the expanding fields of Childhood Studies, Children’s Literature, and Death Studies. Considering both textual and pictorial representations of death, contributors focus...

Justice in Young Adult Speculative Fiction A Cognitive Reading

Justice in Young Adult Speculative Fiction: A Cognitive Reading

1st Edition

By Marek C. Oziewicz
February 06, 2018

This book is the first to offer a justice-focused cognitive reading of modern YA speculative fiction in its narrative and filmic forms. It links the expansion of YA speculative fiction in the 20th century with the emergence of human and civil rights movements, with the communitarian revolution in ...

Re-visioning Historical Fiction for Young Readers The Past through Modern Eyes

Re-visioning Historical Fiction for Young Readers: The Past through Modern Eyes

1st Edition

By Kim Wilson
February 06, 2018

This study is concerned with how readers are positioned to interpret the past in historical fiction for children and young adults. Looking at literature published within the last thirty to forty years, Wilson identifies and explores a prevalent trend for re-visioning and rewriting the past ...

Reading the Adolescent Romance Sweet Valley High and the Popular Young Adult Romance Novel

Reading the Adolescent Romance: Sweet Valley High and the Popular Young Adult Romance Novel

1st Edition

By Amy Pattee
February 06, 2018

Reading the Adolescent Romance provides an exhaustive study of the developments in young adult literature since the 1980s with a focus on Francine Pascal’s "Sweet Valley High" series, which has become a cultural and literary touchstone for both fans and critics of the novels. Pattee carefully ...

Second-Generation Memory and Contemporary Children’s Literature Ghost Images

Second-Generation Memory and Contemporary Children’s Literature: Ghost Images

1st Edition

By Anastasia Ulanowicz
February 06, 2018

Winner of the Children’s Literature Association Book Award This book visits a range of textual forms including diary, novel, and picturebook to explore the relationship between second-generation memory and contemporary children’s literature. Ulanowicz argues that second-generation memory — informed...

Children's Culture and the Avant-Garde Painting in Paris, 1890-1915

Children's Culture and the Avant-Garde: Painting in Paris, 1890-1915

1st Edition

By Marilynn Strasser Olson
February 05, 2018

This volume explores the mutual influences between children’s literature and the avant-garde. Olson places particular focus on fin-de-siècle Paris, where the Avant-garde was not unified in thought and there was room for modernism to overlap with children’s literature and culture in the Golden Age. ...

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