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1st Edition

Shakespeare in Children's Literature
Gender and Cultural Capital

ISBN 9780415888882
Published December 21, 2010 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

Shakespeare in Children’s Literature looks at the genre of Shakespeare-for-children, considering both adaptations of his plays and children’s novels in which he appears as a character. Drawing on feminist theory and sociology, Hateley demonstrates how Shakespeare for children utilizes the ongoing cultural capital of "Shakespeare," and the pedagogical aspects of children’s literature, to perpetuate anachronistic forms of identity and authority.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Series Editor’s Foreword


Chapter One: Romantic Roots: Constructing the Child as Reader, and Shakespeare as Author

Chapter Two: "Author(is)ing the Child: Shakespeare as Character"

Chapter Three: ‘Be These Juggling Fiends No More Believed’: Macbeth, Gender, and Subversion

Chapter Four: Puck vs. Hermia: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gender, and Sexuality

Chapter Five: ‘This Island’s Mine’: The Tempest, Gender, and Authority / Autonomy





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Erica Hateley teaches children’s and adolescent literature at Kansas State University. She has published articles about Shakespeare for children in several journals, and in the recent collection of essays To See the Wizard: Politics and the Literature of Childhood edited by Laurie Ousley.


"This is a provocative and timely book that needs to be read, interrogated, and discussed."--Kathryn Graham, Virginia Tech