Bringing together children’s literature scholars from China and the United States, this collection provides an introduction to the scope and goals of a field characterized by active but also distinctive scholarship in two countries with very different rhetorical traditions. The volume’s five sections highlight the differences between and overlapping concerns of Chinese and American scholars, as they examine children’s literature with respect to cultural metaphors and motifs, historical movements, authorship, didacticism, important themes, and the current status of and future directions for literature and criticism. Wide-ranging and admirably ambitious in its encouragement of communication between scholars from two major nations, Representing Children in Chinese and U.S. Children’s Literature serves as a model for examining how and why children’s literature, more than many literary forms, circulates internationally.
Claudia Nelson is Professor of English and Rebecca Morris is completing her PhD in English at Texas A&M University.
'... a wide-ranging, and multi-dimensional volume, and a valuable resource for students and critics seeking an introduction into the overarching ideas and interactions of these two national traditions.' International Research Society for Children's Literature