1st Edition

Crossover Fiction Global and Historical Perspectives

By Sandra L. Beckett Copyright 2009
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    364 Pages
    by Routledge

    In Crossover Fiction, Sandra L. Beckett explores the global trend of crossover literature and explains how it is transforming literary canons, concepts of readership, the status of authors, the publishing industry, and bookselling practices. This study will have significant relevance across disciplines, as scholars in literary studies, media and cultural studies, visual arts, education, psychology, and sociology examine the increasingly blurred borderlines between adults and young people in contemporary society, notably with regard to their consumption of popular culture.

    Series Editor’s Forward



    Chapter One: Adult-to-Child Crossover Fiction

    Chapter Two: Rewriting for Another Audience

    Chapter Three: Child-to-Adult Crossover Fiction

    Chapter Four: All Ages Fantasy

    Chapter Five: Authors Crossing Over

    Chapter Six: Publishers and the Marketplace

    Chapter Seven: Paratexts and Packaging

    Epilogue: Causes and Consequences of the Current Crossover Craze





    Sandra L. Beckett is Professor of French at Brock University. She is the author of Red Riding Hood for All Ages: A Fairy Tale Icon in Cross-Cultural Contexts (forthcoming), Recycling Red Riding Hood, and De grands romanciers écrivent pour les enfants. She is the editor of Transcending Boundaries: Writing for a Dual Audience of Children and Adults and Reflections of Change: Children’s Literature Since 1945, and the co-editor of Beyond Babar: The European Tradition in Children’s Literature.

    "Highly recommended"--Choice

    "As her subtitle indicates, Beckett provides a broad perspective of the genre and explores both adult-to-child and child-to-adult crossover fiction, fantasy read by all ages, the reasons for (and consequences of) the popularity of crossover fiction, the effect of Pottermania on the genre, and the publishing and marketing of crossover fiction."--C. McCutcheon, University of South Carolina Upstate

    "The most significant strength of Beckett’s book is her scope. Beckett devotes significant portions of her book to authors and titles from a global perspective, including authors (both well known and lesser known) from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, India, South Africa, Australia, Poland, the Netherlands, and the Ukraine, to name just a few. As a resource for titles, authors, and publishers, the book seems invaluable."  --The Lion and the Unicorn 33 (2009)