Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre

Fiction for Children and Adults, 1st Edition

By Mike Cadden


220 pages

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This book critically examines Le Guin's fiction for all ages, and it will be of great interest to her many admirers and to all students and scholars of children's literature.


2006 Locus Magazine Award finalist for Best Non-Fiction

"A book like Cadden's is long overdue. I found Cadden's categories useful, his approaches enlightening, and his obvious love for the material congenial." - Children's Literature Association Quarterly

"It is a study conducted in Le Guinian frame of mind which resists closure and does not insist on synthesis or reconciliation of many-voicedness and many-facetedness of Le Guin's fiction, and yet suggests important way in which her output can, indeed, be seen as forming a number of recognizable continua" --Marek Oziewicz, University of Wroclaw, Poland, Internation Research Society for Children's Literature

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword



Chapter 1: Le Guin’s Continuum of Anthropomorphism

Chapter 2: Connecting Characters on the Continuum of Viewpoint

Chapter 3: Home as Travel Through Time and Place

Chapter 4: Earthsea: Crossover Series of Multiple Continua

Chapter 5: Always Coming Home: Childhood, Children’s Stories, and the Child Reader

Chapter 6: Ethics and the Continuum of Hope: Genre and Audience

Chapter 7: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin




About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

Founding Editor and Series Editor 1994-2011: Jack Zipes

Series Editor, 2011-2018: Philip Nel


Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature