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Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

British Working-Class Writing for Children

Scholarship Boys in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Authors: Takiuchi, Haru

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  • Represents the first full-length study of the working-class in mid-twentieth-century British children’s booksContributes more broadly to the understanding of British working-class literature in the mid-twentieth century
  • Makes use of original interviews and previously unseen archival materials
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This book explores how working-class writers in the 1960s and 1970s significantly reshaped British children’s literature through their representations of working-class life and culture. Aidan Chambers, Alan Garner and Robert Westall were examples of what Richard Hoggart termed ‘scholarship boys’: working-class individuals who were educated out of their class through grammar school education. This book highlights the role these writers played in changing the publishing and reviewing practices of the British children's literature industry while offering new readings of their novels featuring scholarship boys. As well as drawing on the work of Raymond Williams and Pierre Bourdieu, and referring to studies of scholarship boys in the fields of social science and education, this book also explores personal interviews and previously-unseen archival materials. Yielding significant insights on British children’s literature of the period, this book will be of particular interest to scholars and students in the fields of children’s and working-class literature and of British popular culture.

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Haru Takiuchi is Part-Time Lecturer at the University of Tokyo, Japan. He holds a PhD in Children’s Literature from Newcastle University. 

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
British Working-Class Writing for Children
Book Subtitle
Scholarship Boys in the Mid-Twentieth Century
Authors
Series Title
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55390-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55390-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55389-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85647-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 218
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