The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature

The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature

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The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature is at once a literary history, an introduction to various theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, a review of genres, and a selection of original and interdisciplinary essays on canonical and popular works for children in the Anglo-American tradition. It is geared toward graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and scholars new to the study of children's literature, as well as teachers and anyone wishing to keep up with new research and innovative approaches to children's literature. Twenty-six essays by top scholars from varied disciplines address theoretical, historical, sociological, and critical issues through analyses of classic novels such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, The Swiss Family Robinson, Tom Sawyer, Kidnapped, and Five Little Peppers and How They Grew; early educational and religious works such as The New England Primer and Froggy's Little Brother; picture books, comics and graphic novels such as Millions of Cats, Where the Wild Things Are, the Peanuts series and American Born Chinese; early readers such as The Cat in the Hat and the Frog and Toad books; newer children's classics including Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Jade, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Circuit, the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials trilogy; works of poetry such as The Bat Poety and The Dreamkeeper; a play, Peter Pan; and media classics such as Free to Be You and Me and Dumbo. An editors' introduction surveys key trends in criticism, the field's history, and foundational scholarship.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 178 x 250 x 48mm | 1,161.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195379780
  • 9780195379785
  • 1,085,400

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The quality of the scholarship is high, the editing sure, presentation appealing (though fat, it's an inviting book to read) and the referencing full and unfussy... The result is a sophisticated collection that passes both the dip-test and the long haul: opened at random, the book draws you in: read it at length, and you finish a satisfying chapter feeling there is more to be said... It can be wholly recommended. * Norma Clarke, Times Literary Supplement *show more

About Julia L. Mickenberg

Julia Mickenberg is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of the award-winning Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States, and co-editor of Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature. Lynne Vallone is Professor and Chair of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University, the first Ph.D.-granting department of Childhood Studies in the United States. She is the author of Becoming Victoria and Disciplines of Virtue: Girls' Culture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, as well as co-associate general editor of the Norton Anthology of Children's Literature.show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION-JULIA MICKENBERG AND LYNNE VALLONE; I. ADULTS AND CHILDREN; II. PICTURES AND POETICS; III. READING HISTORY/LEARNING RACE AND CLASS; IV. INNOCENCE AND AGENCYshow more

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