Children's Literature in Context

Children's Literature in Context

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Featuring close readings of commonly studied texts, this book takes students of Children's Literature through the key works, their contexts and critical and popular afterlives. "Children's Literature in Context" is a clear, accessible and concise introduction to children's literature and its wider contexts. It begins by introducing key issues involved in the study of children's literature and its social, cultural and literary contexts. Close readings of commonly studied texts including Lewis Carroll's Alice books, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", "The Lion", "The Witch and the Wardrobe", the "Harry Potter" series and the "His Dark Materials" trilogy highlight major themes and ways of reading children's literature. A chapter on afterlives and adaptations explores a range of wider cultural texts including the film adaptations of "Harry Potter", "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Golden Compass". The final section introduces key critical interpretations from different perspectives on issues including innocence, gender, fantasy, psychoanalysis and ideology. 'Review, Reading and Research' sections give suggestions for further reading, discussion and research.
Introducing texts, contexts and criticism, this is a lively and up-to-date resource for anyone studying children's literature. Texts and Contexts is a series of clear, concise and accessible introductions to key literary fields and concepts. The series provides the literary, critical, historical context for texts and authors in a specific literary area in a way that introduces a range of work in the field and enables further independent study and reading.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1847064868
  • 9781847064868

Table of contents

Series Preface; Part I: Contexts; 1. Social and Cultural Contexts; 2. Literary Contexts; Review, Reading and Research; Part II: Texts; 3. Readings of Key Texts; Review, Reading and Research; Part III: Wider Contexts; 4. Afterlives and Adaptations; 5. Critical Contexts; Review, Reading and Research; Bibliography; Index.
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Review quote

Children's Literature in Context is a meeting ground where literary history meets literary criticism in a broad intertextual reach. Here is a journey for the reader who travels from definitions of the genre to socio-political contexts, to close readings of classic and contemporary texts, to a critical framework of interpretations and perspectives, to expansive cultural adaptations. At each juncture McCulloch interweaves theory with striking ease, linking children's literature to a larger world of literature and philosophy. Her readings of texts are fresh, provocative, coherent. Designed to serve as a textbook, McCulloch's work is also a handbook to the field, offering a range of resources for students and scholars, a spacious landscape. -- Anne Lundin, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library & Information Studies, USA Featured in the Times Higher Education Literature Textbook round-up.
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About Dr Fiona McCulloch

Fiona McCulloch is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at MMU Cheshire, UK.
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