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Palgrave Macmillan

Children's Literature: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends

ISBN 9780230227149
Publication Date September 2009
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan, Open University (Co-publisher)

Children's Literature: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends provides students with high quality critical material on a selection of important classic and contemporary children's books. From Louisa May Alcott's Little Women to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to Melvin Burgess's Junk, each has been selected because they still find a favoured place on the bookshelves of today's children and because they are widely studied on university courses. These case studies explore children's literature across a variety of genres and ages, bringing together lively and accessible scholarly essays by leading scholars, some reprinted and others newly commissioned. The collection is supported by detailed introductory material, suggestions for further reading and a colour plate section reproducing covers and illustrations.

NICOLA J. WATSON is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at The Open University. Her research over the last fifteen years has focussed upon the reception, adaptation, transformation, and consumption of historical and literary narratives. Her publications include Revolution and the Form of the British Novel, 1790-1825, England's Elizabeth: An Afterlife in Fame and Fantasy (with Michael Dobson) and The Literary Tourist
  
HEATHER MONTGOMERY is Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies at The Open University. Her research interests are in the anthropology of childhood, children's rights and gender and sexuality. She is the author of Modern Babylon: Prostituting Children in Thailand and An Introduction to Childhood: Anthropological Perspectives on Children's Lives.


List of Figures
List of Plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction; H.Montgomery & N.Watson
PART I: CLASSIC TEXTS
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, LITTLE WOMEN (1868-9)
Introduction; N.Watson
Little Women
: Alcott's Civil War; J.Fetterley
'Wake up and be a man': Little Women, Laurie, and the Ethic of Submission; K.Parille
Louisa May Alcott and the Rise of Gender-Specific Series Books; S.A.Wadsworth
R.L.STEVENSON, TREASURE ISLAND (1881-2; 1883)
Introduction; S.Haslam
My First Book: Treasure Island; R.L.Stevenson
Slaves to Adventure: the Pure Story of Treasure Island; D.Loxley
Treasure Island and the Romance of the British Civil Service; C.Parkes
BEATRIX POTTER, THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT (1902)
Introduction; S.Goodman
Peter Rabbit: Potter's Story; M.Mackey
Aesop in the Shadows; P.Hollindale
Perspective and Point of View in The Tale of Peter Rabbit; C.Scott
TWO CLASSIC POETRY COLLECTIONS, R. L. STEVENSON: A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES (1885) AND A.A.MILNE: WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG (1924)
Introduction; N.Watson
The Contexts of A Child's Garden of Verses; M.Rosen
A.A.Milne: When We Were Very Young; J.Wullschlager
J.M.BARRIE, PETER PAN (1904) 
Introduction; N.Watson
Peter Pan and the Spectacle of the Child; J.Rose
A Hundred Years of Peter Pan; P.Hollindale
Peter Pan and the Pantomime Tradition; D. White and C.Tarr
ARTHUR RANSOME, SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS (1930)
Introduction; S.Haslam
The Lake District Novels; P.Hunt
Arthur Ransome and Problems of Literary Assessment; N.Tucker
Peter Pan, Wild Cat Island, and the Lure of the Real; A.Bogen
PHILIPPA PEARCE, TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN (1958)
Introduction; H.Montgomery
Loneliness, Dreaming and Discovery: Tom's Midnight Garden; M.Rustin & M.Rustin
Midnight Gardens, Magic Wells; M.Nikolajeva
Tom's Midnight Garden; R.Natov
MILDRED TAYLOR, ROLL OF THUNDER HEAR MY CRY (1976)
Introduction; J.Maybin
A Search for Law and Justice in a Racist Society; H. Bosmajian
The Role of Education in Mildred D. Taylor's Roll of Thunder; C.Denean Cobb
Child Agency in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; K.McDowell
PHILIP PULLMAN, NORTHERN LIGHTS (1995)
Introduction; H.Montgomery
Dust as Metaphor in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials; M.A.Bird
Obedience, Disobedience, and Storytelling in C. S. Lewis and Philip Pullman; N.Wood
Intertextuality; C.Squires
J. K. ROWLING, HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE (1997)
Introduction; N.Watson
The Phenomenon of Harry Potter, or Why All the Talk?; J.Zipes
The Unthinkingness of Harry Potter; S.Gupta
Harry Potter and the Reinvention of the Past; A.Blake
PART II: CONTEMPORARY TRENDS
FICTION FOR ADOLESCENTS: MELVIN BURGESS, JUNK (1996)
Introduction; A.Hewings& N.Watson
Sympathy for the Devil; M.Burgess
'And It's So Real': Versions of Reality in Melvin Burgess's JunkJ.Stephens 
RADICAL AGENDAS: BEVERLEY NAIDOO, THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH (2000)
A Writer's Journey: Retracing The Other Side of Truth; B.Naidoo
What is The Other Side of Truth; J.Giles 
PAST WORLDS: JAMILA GAVIN, CORAM BOY (2000)
New Historical Fiction for Children; C.Ringrose
Coram Boy as History; J.Gavin
FUTURE WORLDS: PHILIP REEVE, MORTAL ENGINES (2001)
Carnivalizing the Future: Mortal EnginesK.Sambell
Traction Cities, Postmodernisms, and Coming of Age: Mortal Engines; J.Dawson

M.A.BIRD
A.BLAKE
A.BOGEN
H.BOSMAJIAN
M.BURGESS
J.DAWSON
C.DENEAN COBB
J.FETTERLEY
J.GAVIN
J.GILES
S.GOODMAN
S.GUPTA
S.HASLAM
A.HEWINGS
P.HOLLINDALE
P.HUNT
D.LOXLEY M.MACKEY
J.MAYBIN
K.MCDOWELL
H.MONTGOMERY
B.NAIDO
R.NATOV
M.NIKOLAJEVA
K.PARILLE
C.PARKES
C.RINGROSE
J.ROSE
M.ROSEN
M.RUSTIN
M.RUSTIN
K.SAMBELL
C.SCOTT
C.SQUIRES
J.STEPHENS
R.L.STEVENSON
C.TARR
N.TUCKER
S.A.WADSWORTH
D.WHITE
N.WOOD
J.WULLSCHLAGER
J.ZIPES

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'Anyone wanting to trace the development of children's literature from the 1860s to the first decade of the 21st century will find an immensely rich source of insights in the meticulously researched text Children's Literature: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends.' - NATE Journal English Drama Media
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