A Critical History of French Children's Literature

Volume Two: 1830-Present

By Penelope E. Brown

© 2007 – Routledge

380 pages

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About the Book

This two-volume critical history of French children’s literature from 1600 to the present helps bring awareness of the range, quality, and importance of French children’s literature to a wider audience. The works of a number of French writers, notably La Fontaine, Charles Perrault, Jules Verne, and Saint-Exupéry were, and continue to be, widely translated and adapted, and have influenced the development of the genre in other countries.


"Writing specifically for children is a comparatively modern preoccupation, and scholarship about writing for children is an even more recent phenomenon. This is why this book on French children's literature is so important…Brown treats the French counterparts of Blyton, Dahl, Tolkien, and Rowling with intelligence and flair, pointing out radical intertextualities and new acculturations. Packed with detail and bibliographic material, this is a rich resource indeed. Highly recommended." -- K.M. Sibbald, Choice, May 2008

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. Series Editor’s Forward. Introduction. 1. Old Friends and Children’s Books on the Move 2. The Novel of Domestic Realism, or the Family Novel 3. Hetzel, Jules Verne and the Adventure of Science 4. Signs of the Times 5. The Early Twentieth Century 6. The Role of Images 7. The Renaissance of the Imagination 8. A literature for Children. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography

About the Author

Penny Brown is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Manchester, U.K., and is also author of The Poison at the Source and The Captured World.

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

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 / European / French
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature