Canon Constitution and Canon Change in Children's Literature

Canon Constitution and Canon Change in Children's Literature

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This volume focuses on the (de)canonization processes in children's literature, considering the construction and cultural-historical changes of canons in different children's literatures. Chapters by international experts in the field explore a wide range of different children's literatures from Great Britain, Germany, Scandinavia, the Low Countries, Eastern and Central Europe, as well as from Non-European countries such as Australia, Israel, and the United States. Situating inquiry within larger literary and cultural studies conversations about canonicity, contributors assess representative authors and works that encountered changing fates in the course of canon history. Particular emphasis is given to sociological canon theories, which have so far been under-represented in canon research in children's literature. The volume therefore relates historical changes in the canon of children's literature not only to historical changes in concepts of childhood but to more encompassing political, social, economic, cultural, and ideological shifts. This volume's comparative approach takes cognizance of the fact that, if canon formation is an important cultural factor in nation-building processes, a comparative study is essential to assessing transnational processes in canon formation. This book thus renders evident the structural similarities between patterns and strategies of canon formation emerging in different children's literatures.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.32mm | 521.63g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 black & white illustrations, 1 black & white tables, 13 black & white halftones
  • 1138930547
  • 9781138930544

About Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

Bettina Kummerling-Meibauer is Professor in the German Department at the University of Tubingen, Germany. Anja Muller is Professor of English Literature and Culture at the University of Siegen, Germany.show more

Table of contents

Contents List of Figures Series Editor's Foreword Acknowledgements Introduction: Canon Studies and Children's Literature Bettina Kummerling-Meibauer and Anja Muller Prelude: A Tale of Canons and Classics - Definition Impossible? Peter Hunt Part I Canons, Cultural Capital and Policies of Community Building Chapter 1 Nation Building and Children's Literary Canons: The Israeli Test-Case Yael Darr Chapter 2 Canon Formation and Social Imaginaries in British Children's Literature Anja Muller, Simone Herrmann and Franziska Burstyn Chapter 3 Firing the Canon! Geoffrey Trease's Campaign for an Alternative Children's Canon in 1930's Britain Kimberley Reynolds Chapter 4 Canon Formation in the Soviet Union: The Case of Swift as an Author of a Children's Classic Michael During Chapter 5 Historical Twists and Turns in the Polish Canon of Children's Literature Anna Maria Czernow and Dorota Michulka Part II The Challenges of the Canon: Genre, Gender, Avant-garde Chapter 6 The Origins of Modernism in Fairy Tale: Hans Christian Andersen's Authorship and Canon Studies Helene Hoyrup Chapter 7 Canon and German Avant-garde Children's Literature of the 1920s and 1930s: A Paradoxical Relationship Bettina Kummerling-Meibauer Chapter 8 Genre, Gender and Canon Formation: The Case of Laura Richards Etti Gordon Ginzburg Chapter 9 "Girls Like it Most": Challenging Gendered Canons and Paracanons in the Case of The Secret Garden Alison Waller Part III Keeping the Gate - Agents in Canon Formation Chapter 10 The Perks of Being Talked About: Norms of Evaluation Informing the Canonization of Astrid Lindgren's Oeuvre in the Dutch Language Area Sara Van den Bossche Chapter 11 The Junior Literary Guild and the Making of New Canonical Works: The Case of Waterless Mountain Anne Morey Chapter 12 Visions and Values: The Children's Book Council of Australia's Prizing of Picture Books in the Twenty-First Century Erica Hateley Chapter 13 Finally Coming Together? The Bridging Role of the Adolescent Novel in the Netherlands Helma Lierop-Debrauwer Editors and Contributors Indexshow more