Poetics Of Children S Literature

Author: Zohar Shavit
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820334812
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Since its emergence in the seventeenth century as a distinctive cultural system, children's literature has had a culturally inferior status resulting from its existence in a netherworld between the literary system and the educational system. In addition to its official readership—children—it has to be approved of by adults. Writers for children, explains Zohar Shavit, are constrained to respond to these multiple systems of often mutually contradictory demands. Most writers do not try to bypass these constraints, but accept them as a framework for their work. In the most extreme cases an author may ignore one segment of the readership. If the adult reader is ignored, the writer risks rejection, as is the case of popular literature. If the writer utilizes the child as a pseudo addressee in order to appeal to an adult audience, the result can be what Shavit terms an ambivalent work. Shavit analyzes the conventions and the moral aims that have structured children's literature, from the fairy tales collected and reworked by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm—in particular, “Little Red Riding Hood”—through the complex manipulations of Lewis Carroll in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, to the subversion of the genre's canonical requirements in the chapbooks of the eighteenth century, and in the formulaic Nancy Drew books of the twentieth century. Throughout her study Shavit, explores not only how society has shaped children's literature, but also how society has been reflected in the literary works it produces for its children.

The Poetics Of Childhood

Author: Roni Natov
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113572170X
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First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Politics And Poetics Of Irish Children S Literature

Author: Nancy Watson
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Although the work of many contemporary Irish writers for children is often complex and sophisticated there is currently very little critical analysis to do it justice. The aim of this book is to redress that situation and to prove that the best writing for children is no less complex and well written than the best adult fiction and offers valuable material for theoreticians. With a detailed examination of selected texts by six Irish writers for children, the book explores the reciprocal relationship between the different time and place of the child reader and the complexity and multiplicity of the world of the adult writer. It suggests that putting the different forms of experience in dialogue with each other promotes a new understanding because it allows for other points of view and other ways of seeing. This book also suggests that the way in which these writers implement the potential of the child reader's different perspective refutes the idea of the 'impossible' relation between adult and child. The opening chapter explores the attempt to re-create childhood and adolescence in a range of Irish memoir and fiction.

Children S Literature

Author: Pat Pinsent
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137335475
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This invaluable Guide surveys the key critical works and debates in the vibrant field of children's literature since its inception. Leading expert Pat Pinsent combines a chronological overview of developments in the genre with analysis of key theorists and theories, and subject-specific methodologies.

The Oxford Handbook Of Children S Literature

Author: Julia Mickenberg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199938555
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Remarkably well researched, the essays consider a wide range of texts - from the U.S., Britain and Canada - and take a variety fo theoretical approaches, including formalism and Marxism and those related to psychology, postcolonialism, reception, feminism, queer studies, and performance studies ... This collection pushes boundaries of genre, notions of childhood ... Choice. Back cover of book.

Thursday S Child

Author: Sheila A. Egoff
Publisher: Amer Library Assn
ISBN: 9780838903278
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Sketches the history of children's literature, looks at the genres of fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, folklore, poetry, problem novels and picture books, and recommends specific works

The Aesthetics Of Children S Poetry

Author: Katherine Wakely-Mulroney
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317045548
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Taking Isaac Watts's Divine Songs (1715) as its point of departure, this collection gives sustained attention to the literary, aesthetic, theoretical, and philosophical dimensions of seminal works of children’s poetry from the eighteenth century to the present. While attending to central figures of children's poetry such as Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti, A. A. Milne, and Carol Ann Duffy, the contributors also reassert the literary significance of landmark - though often marginalized - poetic works written during the past three centuries. In spite of the enduring association between poetry as a genre and childhood as a developmental stage, children's poetry has tended to be considered in terms of publication and literary history rather than aesthetics. And yet, it's the aesthetics of the genre that inform this literary history, whether it's Isaac Watts emphasising the didactic efficacy of "like sounds," William Blake and the Taylor sisters reveling in the semantic ambiguities made possible by poetic language, or the authors of nonsense verse testing the limits of language's capacity to convey any meaning at all. Alive to the way recent educational debates echo those waged during earlier centuries, The Aesthetics of Children's Poetry investigates the stylistic and ideological means through which children's poetry, in theory and in practice, negotiates or fails to negotiate the competing positions that are constantly in play.

From Tongue To Text A New Reading Of Children S Poetry

Author: Debbie Pullinger
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147422234X
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The connection between childhood and poetry runs deep. And yet, poetry written for children has been neglected by criticism and resists prevailing theories of children's literature. Drawing on Walter Ong's theory of orality and on Iain McGilChrist's work on brain function, this book develops a new theoretical framework for the study of children's poetry. From Tongue to Text argues that the poem is a multimodal form that exists in the borderlands between the world of experience and the world of language and between orality and literacy – places that children themselves inhabit. Engaging with a wide range of poetry from nursery rhymes and Christina Rossetti to Michael Rosen and Carol Ann Duffy, Debbie Pullinger demonstrates how these 'tactful' works are shaped by the dynamics of orality and textuality.

The Bloomsbury Introduction To Children S And Young Adult Literature

Author: Karen Coats
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472575563
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From Maria Edgeworth, Dr Seuss and Lewis Carroll to Sherman Alexie, Sharon Flake, and Gene Luen Yang, this is a comprehensive introduction to studying the infinitely varied worlds of literature for children and young adults. Exploring a diverse range of writing, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature includes: - Chapters covering key genres and forms from fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to picture books, graphic novels and fairy tales - A history of changing ideas of childhood and adolescence - Coverage of psychological, educational and literary theoretical approaches - Practical guidance on researching, reading and writing about children's and young adult literature - Explorations of children's and young adult film, TV and new media In addition, "Extending Your Study” sections at the end of each chapter provide advice on further reading, writing, discussion and online resources as well as case study responses from writers and teachers in the field. Accessibly written for both students new to the subject and experienced teachers, this is the most comprehensive single volume introduction to the study of writing for young people.