Constructing the Canon of Children's Literature: Beyond Library Walls and Ivory Towers, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Constructing the Canon of Children's Literature

Beyond Library Walls and Ivory Towers, 1st Edition

By Anne Lundin


200 pages

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In this pioneering historical study, Anne Lundin argues that schools, libraries, professional organizations, and the media together create and influence the constantly changing canon of children's literature. Lundin examines the circumstances out of which the canon emerges, and its effect on the production of children's literature. The volume includes a comprehensive list of canonical titles for reference.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Best Books: Librarians 2. Best Books: Scholars 3. Best Books: Reader Conclusion Bibliography Index

About the Author

Anne Lundin is Professor of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature