Modern children's literature is currently receiving much public and critical attention. Organized to show developments in children's literature over time and across genres, this attractively illustrated introductory guide looks at key British, American and Australian works, from picture books and texts for younger children, through to graphic novels and young adult fiction. Each chapter applies specific critical approaches, supported by explanatory boxed material and suggestions for further reading.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors List of Boxes List of Illustrations Introduction: Making the Most of Modern Children's Literature: An Introduction; K.Reynolds Theories of Genre and Gender: Change and Continuity in the School Story; P.Pinsent Sociology, Politics, the Family: Children and Families in Anglo-American Children'sFiction 1920-1960; K.Reynolds Fantasy, Psychology and Feminism: Jungian Readings of Classic British Fantasy Fiction; S.Hancock Autobiography and History: Literature of War; G.Lathey Comparative and Psychoanalytic Approaches: Personal History and Collective Memory; G.Lathey Fantasy - Postwar, Postmodern, Postcolonial: Houses in Post-War Fantasy; S.Godek Feminism and History: Historical Fiction: Not Just a Thing of the Past; P.Bramwell Childhood, Youth Culture and the Uncanny: Uncanny Nights in Contemporary Adolescent Fiction; L.Sainsbury Fantasy, Psychoanalysis and Adolescence: Magic and Maturation in Fantasy; P.Bramwell Bakhtin, Dialogism and Chronotopes: Time and Memory in Contemporary Children's Literature; L. Sainsbury Postmodernism, New Historicism and Migration: New Historical Novels; P.Pinsent Language, Genres and Issues: The Socially Committed Novel; P.Pinsent Reading Contemporary Picture Books; J.Graham Picturebook Case Study: Politics and Philosophy in the Work of Raymond Briggs; L.Sainsbury Electronic Texts and Adolescent Agency: Computers and the Internet in Contemporary Children's Literature; N.Applebaum Bibliography Index
KIMBERLEY REYNOLDS is Professor of Children's Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She was previously Professor of Children's Literature at the University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK, where she founded the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature.