Literary Cultures and Childhoods

Literary Cultures and Twenty-First-Century Childhoods

Editors: op de Beeck, Nathalie (Ed.)

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  • Part of a series of books which trace the changes in the way that the figure of the 'child' has been represented in literary cultures across the ages
    Takes broad definition of the term 'literary cultures' and how they intersect with digital, film, graphic narrative, comics, advertising, and other formats
    Features contributions from a broad range of academics across various disciplines 

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About this book

In the early decades of the twenty-first century, we are grappling with the legacies

of past centuries and their cascading effects upon children and all people. We

realize anew how imperialism, globalization, industrialization, and revolution

continue to reshape our world and that of new generations. At a volatile moment,

this collection asks how twenty-first century literature and related media

represent and shape the contemporary child, childhood, and youth.


Because literary representations construct ideal childhoods as well as model the

rights, privileges, and respect afforded to actual young people, this collection

surveys examples from popular culture and from scholarly practice. Chapters

investigate the human rights of children in literature and international policy; the

potential subjective agency and power of the child; the role models proposed for

young people; the diverse identities children embody and encounter; and the

environmental well-being of future human and nonhuman generations.


As a snapshot of our developing historical moment, this collection identifies

emergent trends, considers theories and critiques of childhood and literature,

and observes how new technologies and paradigms are destabilizing past

conventions of storytelling and lived experience.

About the authors

Nathalie op de Beeck is the author of Suspended Animation: Children’s Picture

Books and the Fairy Tale of Modernity (2010) and co-creator of Little Machinery:

A Critical Facsimile Edition (2009). Her work appears in The Oxford Handbook of

Children’s Literature (2011), The Routledge Companion to Picturebooks (2017),

and journals including CLAQ and CLE. She is Associate Professor of English at

Pacific Lutheran University, USA.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction: Literary Cultures and Twenty-First-Century Childhoods

    Pages 1-22

    op de Beeck, Nathalie

  • Children’s Right to Participate: Insights from the Story of Malala

    Pages 25-40

    Todres, Jonathan

  • The Wisdom of Getting Involved: Civic Engagement in Contemporary Egyptian Children’s Literature

    Pages 41-55

    Motawy, Yasmine

  • Bright Pasts, Brighter Futures: Biographies for Children in the Early Twenty-First Century

    Pages 57-79

    Beauvais, Clémentine

  • “We Need Diverse Books”: Diversity, Activism, and Children’s Literature

    Pages 83-108

    Dahlen, Sarah Park

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literary Cultures and Twenty-First-Century Childhoods
Editors
  • Nathalie op de Beeck
Series Title
Literary Cultures and Childhoods
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32146-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32146-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32145-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 279
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
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