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Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
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Louisa May Alcott and the Textual Child

A Critical Theory Approach

Authors: West, Kristina

  • Calls on theoretical approaches to childhood, to offer an alternative to the biographical readings of Little Women
  • Draws on juvenilia and Alcott family letters and journals, including previously unpublished archival material
  • Analyse texts that have been overlooked or otherwise sidelined in the recent critical focus on Alcott’s other works
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About this book

This book examines constructions of childhood in the works of Louisa May Alcott. While Little Women continues to gain popular and critical attention, Alcott’s wider works for children have largely been consigned to history. This book therefore investigates Alcott’s lesser-known children’s texts to reconsider critical assumptions about childhood in her works and in literature more widely. Kristina West investigates the trend towards reading Alcott’s life into her works; readings of gender and sexuality, race, disability, and class; the sentimental domestic; portrayals of Transcendentalism and American education; and adaptations of these works. Analyzing Alcott as a writer for twenty-first-century children, West considers Alcott’s place in the children’s canon and how new media and fan fiction impact readings of her works today.

About the authors

Kristina West completed her BA, MA(Res) in Children’s Literature, and PhD on constructions of childhood in the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson at the University of Reading, UK, and is an affiliated member of the Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture and Media at the University of Reading. Her research focuses on American literature, children’s literature, and critical theory. She is currently working on a book on childhood and the Salem witch trials.

Buy this book

eBook  
  • ISBN 978-3-030-39025-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover ca. £59.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: July 15, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-39024-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Louisa May Alcott and the Textual Child
Book Subtitle
A Critical Theory Approach
Authors
Series Title
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-39025-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-39024-2
Edition Number
1
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