1st Edition

Children's Literature

ISBN 9781138667952
Published November 6, 2019 by Routledge
198 Pages

USD $28.95

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Book Description

Children’s Literature is an accessible introduction to this engaging field. Carrie Hintz offers a defining conceptual overview of children’s literature that presents its competing histories, its cultural contexts, and the theoretical debates it has instigated.

Positioned within the wider field of adult literary, film, and television culture, this book also covers:

  • Ideological and political movements
  • Children’s literature in the age of globalization
  • Postcolonial literature, ecocriticism, and animal studies

Each chapter includes a case study featuring well-known authors and titles, including Charlotte’s Web, Edward Lear, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. With a comprehensive glossary and further reading, this book is invaluable reading for anyone studying Children’s Literature.

Table of Contents


1. Definitions

2. Children's literature: early and global histories 

3. Children's literature and the political 

4. Theories and methodologies

5. Children's literature and the global and natural world


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Carrie Hintz is Associate Professor of English at Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA.