1st Edition

Transcending Boundaries
Writing for a Dual Audience of Children and Adults

Edited By

Sandra L. Beckett

ISBN 9781138798984
Published May 30, 2014 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

Transcending Boundaries: Writing for a Dual Audience of Children and Adults is a collection of essays on twentieth-century authors who cross the borders between adult and children's literature and appeal to both audiences. This collection of fourteen essays by scholars from eight countries constitutes the first book devoted to the art of crosswriting the child and adult in twentieth-century international literature. Sandra Beckett explores the multifaceted nature of crossover literature and the diverse ways in which writers cross the borders to address a dual readership of children and adults. It considers classics such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Pinocchio, with particular emphasis on post-World War II literature. The essays in Transcending Boundaries clearly suggest that crossover literature is a major, widespread trend that appears to be sharply on the rise.

Table of Contents

Introduction Sandra L. Beckett Part I: Critics, Crosswriting, and the Canon 1. Authors do it, but so Critics? The Reception of Dual-Readership Authors in the Netherlands Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer 2. Crosswriting as a Criterion for Canonicity: The Case of Erich Kästner Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer 3. Crosswriting Child and Adult in France: Children’s Fiction for Adults? Adult Fiction for Children? Fiction for all Ages? Sandra L. Beckett 4. Children’s, Adult, Human…? Maria Nikalajeva Part II: Ages All? Parents, Play, and Picturebooks 5. The Double Attribution of Texts for Children and how it Affects Writing for Children Zohar Shavit 6. Dual Audience in Picturebooks Carole Scott 7. "Ages: All": Readers, Texts, and Intertexts in The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales Roderick McGillis Part III: Oppression, Repression, Subversion, Transgression: Crossover and Censorship 8. Writing for a Dual Audience in the Former Soviet Union: The Aesopean Children’s Literature of Kornei Chukovskii, Mikhail Zoshchenko, and Daniil Kharms Larissa Klein Tumanov 9. Crossing Borders from Africa to America Paula T. Connolly Part IV: Distinctions, Demarcations, and Double Address 10. "What happened?": The Holocaust Memoirs of Isabella Leitner Adrienne Kertzer 11. Maintaining Distinctions: Realism, Voice, and Subject Position in Australian Young Adult Fiction John Stephens Part V: Tradition and Innovation: Modernism, Postmodernism, and Beyond 12. Crossing Borders: Calvino in the Footprints of Collodi Alida Poeti 13. Two Crosswriting Authors: Carl Sandburg and Lennart Hellsing Lena Kåreland 14. Postmodernism is Over. Something Else is Here: What? Lissa Paul Bibliography Index

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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.