1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Children's Literature and Culture

    568 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Focusing on significant and cutting-edge preoccupations within children’s literature scholarship, The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature and Culture presents a comprehensive overview of print, digital, and electronic texts for children aged zero to thirteen as forms of world literature participating in a panoply of identity formations.

    Offering five distinct sections, this volume:

    • Familiarizes students and beginning scholars with key concepts and methodological resources guiding contemporary inquiry into children’s literature
    • Describes the major media formats and genres for texts expressly addressing children
    • Considers the production, distribution, and valuing of children’s books from an assortment of historical and contemporary perspectives, highlighting context as a driver of content
    • Maps how children’s texts have historically presumed and prescribed certain identities on the part of their readers, sometimes addressing readers who share some part of the author’s identity, sometimes seeking to educate the reader about a presumed “other,” and in recent decades increasingly foregrounding identities once lacking visibility and voice
    • Explores the historical evolutions and trans-regional contacts and (inter)connections in the long process of the formation of global children’s literature, highlighting issues such as retranslation, transnationalism, transculturality, and new digital formats for considering cultural crossings and renegotiations in the production of children’s literature

    Methodically presented and contextualized, this volume is an engaging introduction to this expanding and multifaceted field.


    PART I

    Concepts and tools

    Section introduction

    1 Theory

    Karín Lesnik-Oberstein

    2 Poetics and Pedagogy

    Karen Coats

    3 Ethics and Historical Perspectives

    Amanda K. Allen

    4 Children’s Literary Geography

    Björn Sundmark and Chrysogonus Siddha Malilang

    5 The Monster at the End of This Book:

    Posthumanism and New Materialism in the Scholarship of Children’s Literature

    Megan L. Musgrave

    6 Digital Humanities and Children’s Literature

    Deanna Stover

    7 Research with Young Readers: Participatory Approaches in Children’s Literature Studies

    Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak


    Media and genres

    Section introduction

    8 Picturebooks

    Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

    9 Books for Beginners

    Annette Wannamaker and Jennifer Miskec

    10 Magazines

    Kristine Moruzi

    11 Comics for Children Across Cultures

    Joseph Michael Sommers

    12 Children’s Fiction: The Possibilities of Reality and Imagination

    Deborah Stevenson

    13 Nonfiction

    Giorgia Grilli

    14 Children’s Poetry

    Michael Joseph

    15 Theatre and Drama: Global Perspectives

    Manon van de Water

    16 Film

    Christine Lötscher

    17 Television

    Debbie Olson

    18 Playful Possibilities: The Rights of the Reader in a Digital Age

    Angela Colvert



    Section introduction

    19 Age

    Vanessa Joosen

    20 Gender

    Mia Österlund and Åsa Warnqvist

    21 Nation and Citizenship

    Sara Van den Bossche

    22 Religion and Children’s Literature

    Gabriele von Glasenapp

    23 Whatever Common People Do: Social Class in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Children’s Fiction

    Kimberley Reynolds and Jane Rosen

    24 Race and Ethnicity in Children’s Literature

    Trevor Boffone and Cristina Herrera

    25 LGBTQ+ Discourses in Eastern and Central European Children’s Literature

    Mateusz Świetlicki

    26 Disability and Children’s Literature

    Kimura Toshio and Yoshida Junko


    Border crossings

    Section introduction

    27 Translation

    Emer O’Sullivan

    28 Retranslation

    Virginie Douglas

    29 Adaptation

    Anja Müller

    30 Fairy Tales and Circulation: A Case Study in Poland

    Weronika Kostecka

    31 Children’s Literature and Transnationalism

    Clare Bradford, Kristine Moruzi, and Michelle J. Smith

    32 Transcultural Comparison as Method:

    Korean and Hebrew Children’s Poetry in the Early Twentieth Century

    Dafna Zur and Rachel Feldman

    33 Marketing and Franchising

    Naomi Hamer

    34 Children’s Literature Websites and Fandom

    Sara K. Day and Carrie Sickmann

    PART V


    Section introduction

    35 Book Publishing and the British Sphere of Influence in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

    Courtney Weikle-Mills

    36 Children’s Book Publishing in Europe: A Historical Approach

    Emily Bruce

    37 Contemporary Asian Book Publishing

    Shih-Wen Sue Chen

    38 From Canon-Making to Participatory Prizing: Children’s Book and Media Awards

    Ramona Caponegro and Kenneth B. Kidd

    39 Children’s Literature in Schools

    Etti Gordon Ginzburg

    40 Libraries

    Margaret Mackey

    41 Book Clubs

    Julie Fette and Anne Morey

    42 Promoting Children’s Reading Internationally

    Valerie Coghlan

    43 Censorship and Shifting Contexts in Children’s Literature

    Andrew Zalot


    Claudia Nelson is Professor Emerita of English at Texas A&M University, USA.

    Elisabeth Wesseling is Professor of Cultural Memory, Gender and Diversity and at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

    Andrea Mei-Ying Wu is Director of the Chinese Language Center and Professor of Children’s Literature and Taiwanese Literature at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.