The study of children’s literature is currently centred on literary studies, educational studies, and a third more diverse group of many other related disciplines, including history, bibliography, sociology and psychology. All of these then overlap with cultural studies and contribute to the rapidly growing meta-discipline of childhood studies.
Fascinating and insightful, this four-volume collection gathers together fundamental and essential essays from across the spectrum of disciplines, and is organized so that each volume focuses on one general interest group or area. With entries from specialist and professional journals across the world, this is a unique resource to complement the burgeoning numbers of specialist and reference books in the field.
Volume 1: Literature and Theory Part 1: Writing for Children Part 2: Preliminary Definitions and Distinctions Part 3: The Subject Matter Part 4: Picture Books Part 5: Criticism and Texts Volume 2: Education and Theory Part 1: Perception and Response Part 2: Aspects of Reading and Writing Part 3: Higher Education Part 4: The Theory Debate Volume 3: Cultural Contexts Part 1: Childhood Studies Part 2: Ideology, Race and Politics Part 3: Gender Part 4: Publishing and Television Part 5: Psychology Part 6: Special Topics Volume 4: International and Comparative Part 1: Internationalism Part 2: Translation Part 3: Colonialism/Postcolonialism Part 4: Myths, Folk Tales and Fairy Tales Part 5: Theatre