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The Routledge Companion to International Children's Literature

1st Edition

Edited by John Stephens

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486 pages

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Demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, political and intellectual diversity of children’s literature across the globe, The Routledge Companion to International Children’s Literature is the first volume of its kind to focus on the undervisited regions of the world. With particular focus on Asia, Africa and Latin America, the collection raises awareness of children’s literature and related media as they exist in large regions of the world to which ‘mainstream’ European and North American scholarship pays very little attention.

Sections cover:

• Concepts and theories

• Historical contexts and national identity

• Cultural forms and children’s texts

• Traditional story and adaptation

• Picture books across the majority world

• Trends in children’s and young adult literatures.

Exposition of the literary, cultural and historical contexts in which children’s literature is produced, together with an exploration of intersections between these literatures and more extensively researched areas, will enhance access and understanding for a large range of international readers. The essays offer an ideal introduction for those newly approaching literature for children in specific areas, looking for new insights and interdisciplinary perspectives, or interested in directions for future scholarship.

Table of Contents

PART I: Concepts and Theories

1. Globalization and Glocalization

ANNA KATRINA GUTIERREZ

2. The unhu literary gaze: An African-based mode of reading Zimbabwean children’s texts.

CUTHBETH TAGWIREI

3. Realism and Magic in Latin American Children’s Books

FANUEL HANÁN DIÁZ

4. Politics and ethics in Chinese texts for the young: the Confucian tradition

LIJUN BI

5. Egyptian Children’s Literature: Ideology & Politics

NADIA EL KHOLY

6. "The Trees, they have long memories": Animism and the Ecocritical Imagination in Indigenous Young Adult Fiction

ALICE CURRY

7. Grounds for ‘rights reading’ practices: A View to Children’s Literature in Zimbabwe

ROBERT MUPONDE

8. The Construction of a Modern Child and a Chinese National Character: Translating Alice

XU XU

9. Violence and Death in Brazilian Children’s and Young Adult Literature

ALICE ÁUREA PENTEADO MARTHA

PART II: Historical contexts and national identity

10. Indigenous and juvenile: when books from villages arrive at bookstores

MARIA INÊS DE ALMEIDA

11. The British Empire and Indian Nationalism in Rabindranath Tagore’s Historical Poems and The Land of Cards

SUPRIYA GOSWAMI

12. "Breaking the Mirror": Reshaping perceptions of national progress through the representation of marginalized cultural realities in Caribbean Children’s Stories.

AISHA SPENCER

13. Postcoloniality, Globalization, and Transcultural Production of

Children’s Literature in Postwar Taiwan

ANDREA MEI-YING WU

14. The Paradoxical Negotiation of Coloniality and Postcoloniality in African Children’s Literature with Particular Reference to Zimbabwe

MICKIAS MUSIYIWA

15. "Imperial gospel": the Afrikaans children’s Bible and the dawn of Afrikaner civil religion in South Africa

JAQUELINE S. DU TOIT

16. Children's Literature in the GCC Arab States

SABAH ABDULKAREEM AISAWI and FARAJ DUGHAYYIM ALDHAFEERI

PART III: Cultural Forms and Children’s Texts

17. Imagology, Narrative Modalities, and Korean Picture Books

SUNG-AE LEE

18. Ethnic-Racial Relations in Literature for Children and Young People in Brazil

  CELIA ABICALIL BELMIRO and ARACY ALVES MARTINS

19. The Crucible: Forging a Hybrid Identity in a Multicultural World

SUCHISMITA BANERJEE

20. Contemporary Poetry for Children and Youth in Brazil

MARIA ZÉLIA VERSIANI MACHADO

21. Every Which Way: Direction and Narrative Time in Kaslan Geddan and the Flash Series

IMAN HAMAM

22. Old/New Media for Muslim Children in English and Arabic: The Forest, the Trees, and the Mushrooms

YASMINE MOTAWY

23. Brazilian Children's Literature and Booklet Literature: Approximations and Distances

JOSÉ HÉLDER PINHEIRO ALVES

24. Brazilian Children’s Literature in the Age of Digital Culture

EDGAR ROBERTO KIRCHOF

PART IV: Traditional Story and Adaptation       

25. "M’Riddle, M’Riddle, M’Yanday, O": Folktales of The Bahamas as Signposts of Heritage and as Children’s Literature

PATRICIA GLINTON-MEICHOLAS

26. Breaking and Making of Cross-Species Friendships in the Panćantantra

LALITA PANDIT HOGAN

27. Child Hanuman and the Politics of Being a Superhero

ANUJA MADAN

28. Writing Animal Novels in Chinese Children’s Literature

HOU YING

29. The Centrality of Hawaiian Mythology in Three Genres of Hawaiʻi’s Contemporary Folk Literature for Children

STUART CHING AND JANN PATARAY-CHING

30. From Orality to Print: Construction of Nso Identity in Folk Tales

VIVIAN YENIKA-AGBAW

PART V: Picture Books across the Majority World

31. The Granddaughters of Scheherazade

BAHIA SHEHAB

32. Children’s Book Illustration in Colombia: Notes for a History

SILVIA CASTRILLÓN

33. The Shôjo (girl) Aesthetic in Japanese Illustrated and Picture Books

HELEN KILPATRICK

34.   "Light like a Bird, Not a Feather": Science Picture Books from China and the USA

FENGXIA TAN

35. Illustrated books in Thailand: From Mana-Manee to the 80 Picture Books Project

SALINEE ANTARASENA

36. Early Childhood Literature in Brazil and Mexico. Illustrated Books for Children 0-3

ALMA CARRASCO AND MÔNICA CORREIA BAPTISTA

 

37. Conception and Trends of Iranian Picture Books

MORTEZA KHOSRONEJAD, ATIYEH FIROUZMAND and FATEMEH FARNIA

38. Multimodal Children’s Books in Turkey: Illustrated Books and Picturebooks

ILGIM VERYERI ALACA

 

PART VI: Trends in Children’s and Young Adult Literatures

39. Recent Trends and Themes in Realist Chinese Children’s Fiction

LI LIFANG

40. The Moribito Series and its Relation to Trends in Japanese Children’s Literature

YASUKO DOI

41. Recent Trends and Themes in Malaysian Children's Fiction

SHARIFAH A. OSMAN, LAI SUAT YAN AND SITI ROHAINI KASSIM

42. Brazilian Literature for Children and Youth: Between the Reader and the Market

REGINA ZILBERMAN

43. Development of Literature for Children and Young People in Chile

MANUEL PEÑA MUÑOZ

44. Children’s and young adult literature in Guatemala: A Mirror Turned over the Wall

FRIEDA LILIANA MORALES BARCO

45. Breaking Illusions: Contradictory Representations of African Childhood

SHALINI NADASWARAN

46. Facing up to Reality: Recent Developments in South Africa’s English Literature for the Young

SANDRA STADLER

47. ‘I Do Yearn for Change, but I Am Afraid as Well’

An Analysis of Iranian Contemporary Young Adult Novels

MORTEZA KHOSRONEJAD, FATEMEH FARNIA, AND SOUDABEH SHOKROLLAHZADEH

About the Editors

John Stephens is Emeritus Professor in English at Macquarie University, Australia.

Section Editors:

Celia Abicalil Belmiro is a Professor in the Faculty of Education of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and researcher at the Centre of Literacy, Reading and Writing (CEALE/ UFMG).

Alice Curry is the founder of Lantana Publishing, an independent publishing house in the UK specializing in multicultural children’s books.

Li Lifang is Professor and Vice- dean of the School of Literature, Lanzhou University, Gansu, China.

Yasmine S. Motawy is Senior Instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004010
LITERARY CRITICISM / African
LIT004100
LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American
LIT008000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / General
LIT009000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature