Scholars from 10 countries address children's literature as a literary art form and provide an international perspective on its history and evolution.
The contributors to this collection of essays address children's literature as an art form, rather than an educational instrument, as has been the traditional approach. Scholars from 10 different countries present a variety of approaches to the history of children's literature, including views on sociological, semiotic, and intertextual models of its evolution. Other issues explored include influence and interaction between stories and their countries of origin. This strong presentation of international perspectives on children's literature will be a valuable resource for scholars of children's and comparative literature.
Approaches to the History of Children's Literature. By Way of Introduction Literary Ways of Killing a Child: The Nineteenth-Century Practice by Judith Plotz Theory and Method A Historical Model of the Development of Children's Literature by Zohar Shavit Children's Literature as a Cultural Code: A Semiotic Approach to History by Maria Nikolajeva Writers Writing a Short History of Children's Literature within Their Texts by Isabelle Nieres Equal But Different? The Incorporation of Children's Books in National Histories of Literature by Sonja Svensson Influence and Interaction The Changing Image of Germany and the Germans in British Children's Literature from 1870 to the Present by Emer O'Sullivan Children's Literature in France and Italy in the Nineteenth Century: Influence and Exchange by Mariella Colin Scandinavian Writer/Illustrator: Bicultural Contributionto American Children's Literature by Karen Nelson Hoyle International Influence on the 19th Century Finnish Children's Literature by Rita Kuivasmäki Aspects of National Histories Nationalism Seen as an Aspect of the History of Norwegian Children's Literature 1914-1905 by Kari Skjonsberg Views on Children's Literature in the Netherlands after 1880 by Anne de Vries Lame Old Bachelor, Lonely Old Maid: Harriet Childe-Pemberton's "All My Doing, or Red Riding Hood Over Again" by Roderick McGillis Genres, Modes, Styles National Myth in Three Classical Picture Books by Reinbert Tabbert Reconstructing the Homeland: Loss and Hope in the English Landscape by Tony Watkins Literature for Young People and the Novel of Adolescence by Dagmar Grenz The Origin and Function of Laughter in Children's Literature by Maria Lypp Index