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Understanding Children's Literature

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This book introduces the study of children's literature, addressing theoretical questions as well as the most relevant critical approaches to the field. The fourteen chapters draw on insights from academic disciplines ranging from cultural and literary studies to education and psychology, and include an essay on what writers for children think about their craft. This results in a fascinating range of perspectives on key topics in children's literature and an introduction to such diverse concerns as literacy, ideology, stylistics, feminism, history and culture, and bibliotherapy. An extensive general bibliography is complemented by lists of further reading for every chapter and a glossary defines critical and technical terms, making the book accessible to those coming to the field or to a particular approach for the first time. In this second edition there are four entirely new chapters; contributors have revisited and revised or rewritten seven of the chapters to reflect new thinking, while the remaining three are classic essays, widely acknowledged to be definitive. The glossary, further reading lists and general bibliography have also been thoroughly updated. Understanding Children's Literature is an invaluable guide for students of literature or education and it will also inform and enrich the practice of teachers and librarians.
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Presenting a systematic introduction to the essential concepts necessary for the study of children's literature, this book guides the reader through the most relevant areas of criticism and theory, summarizing their contexts and applications. Bibliographies provide details of further information sources and a glossary explains the literary terms encountered in the book. Compiled by one of the leading editors in the field, this exhaustive work is an invaluable and user-friendly guide for readers involved in both literature and education.
Peter Hunt was the first specialist in Children's Literature to be appointed professor in a UK English Department; he has written or edited 16 books on the subject. In 2003 he won the International Brothers Grimm Award from the International Children's Literature Institute, Osaka, for outstanding services to world children's books studies.
1. Introduction: The Expanding World of Children's Literature Studies Peter Hunt, Cardiff University 2. Theorising and Theories: How Does Children's Literature Exist? David Rudd, Bolton Institute 3. Critical Tradition and Ideological Positioning Charles Sarland, Liverpool John Moores University 4. The Setting of Children's Literature: History and Culture Tony Watkins, University of Reading 5. Analysing Texts: Linguistics and Stylistics John Stephens, Macquarie University 6. Readers, Texts, Contexts: Reader-Response Criticism Michael Benton, Professor Emeritus, University of Southampton 7. Reading the Unconscious: Psychoanalytical Criticism Hamida Bosmajian, Seattle University 8. Feminism Revisited Lissa Paul, University of New Brunswick 9. Decoding the Images: how Picture Books Work Perry Nodelman, University of Winnipeg 10. Bibliography: the Resources of Children's Literature Matthew Grenby, University of Newcastle upon Tyne 11. Understanding Reading and Literacy Sally Yates, Literacy Consultant UK 12. Intertextuality and the Child Reader Christine Wilkie-Stibbs, University of Warwick 13. Healing Texts: Bibliotherapy and Psychology Hugh Crago, Co-Editor Australia and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy 13. Theory into Practice: the Views of the Authors Peter Hunt, Cardiff University General Bibliography Glossary Index
Short Title
UNDERSTANDING CHILDRENS LITERA
Pages
225
Publisher
Routledge
Language
English
Edition
2nd
ISBN-10
0415375460
ISBN-13
9780415375467
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
809.892
Year
2005
Publication Date
2005-07-31
Imprint
Routledge
Subtitle
Key Essays from the Second Edition of the International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edited by
Peter Hunt
Author
Peter Hunt
Birth
1945
Replaces
9780415195461
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