Crossover Fiction

Global and Historical Perspectives

By Sandra L. Beckett

© 2008 – Routledge

350 pages

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About the Book

In Crossover Fiction, Sandra L. Beckett explores the global trend of crossover literature and explains how it is transforming literary canons, concepts of readership, the status of authors, the publishing industry, and bookselling practices. This study will have significant relevance across disciplines, as scholars in literary studies, media and cultural studies, visual arts, education, psychology, and sociology examine the increasingly blurred borderlines between adults and young people in contemporary society, notably with regard to their consumption of popular culture.

Reviews

"Highly recommended"--Choice

"As her subtitle indicates, Beckett provides a broad perspective of the genre and explores both adult-to-child and child-to-adult crossover fiction, fantasy read by all ages, the reasons for (and consequences of) the popularity of crossover fiction, the effect of Pottermania on the genre, and the publishing and marketing of crossover fiction."--C. McCutcheon, University of South Carolina Upstate

"The most significant strength of Beckett’s book is her scope. Beckett devotes significant portions of her book to authors and titles from a global perspective, including authors (both well known and lesser known) from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, India, South Africa, Australia, Poland, the Netherlands, and the Ukraine, to name just a few. As a resource for titles, authors, and publishers, the book seems invaluable." --The Lion and the Unicorn 33 (2009)

"Beckett's book makes a compelling case for the end of separate categories of literature for children and adults and an "all-ages" approach to writing and publishing fiction."--Susan Stand, Central Michigan University

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Forward

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: Adult-to-Child Crossover Fiction

Chapter Two: Rewriting for Another Audience

Chapter Three: Child-to-Adult Crossover Fiction

Chapter Four: All Ages Fantasy

Chapter Five: Authors Crossing Over

Chapter Six: Publishers and the Marketplace

Chapter Seven: Paratexts and Packaging

Epilogue: Causes and Consequences of the Current Crossover Craze

Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

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.

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:
LCO000000
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / General
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT009000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature