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Literary Cultures and Childhoods

Literary Cultures and Twentieth-Century Childhoods

Editors: Conrad, Rachel, Kennedy, Louise Brown (Eds.)

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  • Asks us to engage major intellectual movements and political crises to reconfigure our conception of how childhoods were understood and represented during a twentieth-century marked by war, by political struggle over civil and political rights, and by the cultural clash of post-colonial, racial, class-based, and gender identities
    Goes beyond simply 'including' the 'peripheral' to take up stances that reposition us as readers and critics and to re-center our view of the whole
    Examines a broad range of texts, from poetry, through novels, to comics 

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This collection of essays offers innovative methodological and disciplinary approaches to the intersection of Anglophone literary cultures with children and childhoods across the twentieth century. In two acts of re-centering, the volume focuses both on the multiplicity of childhoods and literary cultures and on child agency. Looking at classic texts for young audiences and at less widely-read and unpublished material (across genres including poetry, fiction, historical fiction or biography, picturebooks, and children’s television), essays foreground the representation of child voices and subjectivities within texts, explore challenges to received notions of childhood, and emphasize the role of child-oriented texts in larger cultural and political projects. Chapters frame themes of spectacle, self, and specularity across the twentieth-century; question tropes of childhood; explore identity and displacement in narrating history and culture; and elevate children as makers of literary culture. A major intent of the volume is to approach literary culture not just as produced by adults for consumption by children but also as co-created by young people through their actions as speakers, artists, readers, and writers. 

About the authors

Rachel Conrad is Professor of Childhood Studies at Hampshire College, USA. She is the author of Time for Childhoods: Young Poets and Questions of Agency, published by the University of Massachusetts Press in their new series “Childhoods: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Children and Youth.” 


L. Brown Kennedy is Professor of Literature, Emerita, at Hampshire College, USA.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction: Literary Cultures and Twentieth-Century Childhoods

    Pages 1-10

    Conrad, Rachel (et al.)

  • Spectacle and Parody: Burlesque Subjectivity in the American Picturebook

    Pages 13-30

    Moebius, William

  • The Self in Twentieth-Century American Children’s Literature: A Tale of Two Schemas

    Pages 31-49

    Coats, Karen

  • A Subjunctive Imagining: June Jordan’s Who Look at Me and the Conditions of Black Agency

    Pages 51-71

    Quashie, Kevin (et al.)

  • Seeing Red: The Inside Nature of the Queer Outsider in Anne of Green Gables and The Well of Loneliness

    Pages 75-91

    Blackford, Holly

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literary Cultures and Twentieth-Century Childhoods
Editors
  • Rachel Conrad
  • Louise Brown Kennedy
Series Title
Literary Cultures and Childhoods
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35392-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35392-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35391-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 285
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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