Radical Children's Literature

Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction

Authors: Reynolds, K.

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This book reappraises the place of children's literature, showing it to be a creative space where writers and illustrators try out new ideas about books, society, and narratives in an age of instant communication and multi-media. It looks at the stories about the world and young people; the interaction with changing childhoods and new technologies.

About the authors

Kimberly Reynolds is Professor of Children's Literature at Newcastle University, UK. Kimberly was formerly President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature (2003-7), board member of the V&A Trustees' committee with responsibility for the Museum of Childhood, and a board member of the charity Booktrust (Chair 2004-8), and is currently a member of the UK Children s Laureate steering committee.

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Winner of the 2007 Book Award by the Children's Literature Association

'Radical Children's Fiction is a long overdue rethinking of the status of children's fiction, showing that it is not the cosy, outdated backwater that some earlier critics have suggested. Rather, it is vibrant and multiform, often cutting-edge and subversive. Covering a huge geographical and historical range, Reynolds examines both traditional and less traditional literary forms (visual media, computer games, fan fiction etc), effortlessly combining insightful close readings with an enviable theoretical acumen. This book is destined to become a classic in the field.' - Dr David Rudd, University of Bolton, UK

'...[A] groundbreaking study...The wide range of texts discussed and the new insights offered into the interplay of children's literature with childhood and youth culture will make this book an indispensable study for children's literature scholars.' - Claudia Söffner, Bookbird, A Journal of International Children's Literature

'As Kimberley Reynolds begins by explaining, children's books are often much bigger inside than out. Their effects on the individual reader can be radically transformative over time, but so far, children's literature criticism has had very little to say about these uniquely transformative powers. Reynolds writes with persuasive authority and unsurpassed depth of knowledge both about the history of children's literature, and about the rich diversity of literature being produced for children today. Best of all is the invigorating new approach she brings to the subject: here, we discover how children's literature has been, and continues to be, at the vanguard of radical experimentation in art. New narrative forms, new ways of combining the verbal and the visual, vigorous exploitation of new technologies: all these characterise the history and the current production of children's literature. This masterly study should provide the impetus for a new generation of children's literature scholars to approach the subject with an enriched understanding of its complexity and seriousness.' - Dr Rachel Falconer, University of Sheffield, UK

'It is an ambitious study...the author lucidly makes her case and supplies an abundance of examples and quotations in its support.' - Mary Cadogan, Children's Books History Society

'...an indispensable critical text to students of twentieth- and twenty-first century children's literature...' - Pat Pinsent


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Self-harm, Silence, and Survival: Despair and Trauma in Children’s Literature

    Kimberley Reynolds

    Pages

  • Breaking Bounds: The Transformative Energy of Children’s Literature

    Reynolds, Kimberley

    Pages 1-23

  • Breaking the Frame: Picturebooks, Modernism, and New Media

    Reynolds, Kimberley

    Pages 24-44

  • And None of It was Nonsense

    Reynolds, Kimberley

    Pages 45-67

  • Useful Idiots: Interactions Between Youth Culture and Children’s Literature

    Reynolds, Kimberley

    Pages 68-87

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Radical Children's Literature
Book Subtitle
Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-20620-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230206205
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-8561-3
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-23937-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 215
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