Change and Renewal in Children's Literature

by Thomas van der Walt


Traces the changes in international children's literature and literature theory over the last few decades.

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October 2004


Pages 216
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics The Arts/World Literature
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In the growing field of children's literature theory in criticism, this volume presents critical international perspectives on changes and innovation in this discipline. The recent new status of children's literature, and the growth in children's literature research internationally have led to exciting advances in both form and content. This collection comprises a selection of papers given by prominent experts. Reflecting on past decades, contributors trace and analyze important developments in children's literature as the dawn of a new millennium offers its readers a multitude of representations and responses to a changing world.

Each of the book's eighteen chapters represents a unique aspect of children's literature theory. Topics range from an analysis of the children's literature as creative act, changing interpretations of different genres, and the impact of shifting race relations and socio-political developments on children's literature. This presentation of international perspectives on children's literature theory and criticism by leading authorities will be a valuable resource for scholars of children's and comparative literature.

Table of Contents

IntroductionRenewing Stories of Childhood: Children's Literature as a Creative Art by Rosemary JohnstoneWhen Everything Old is New Again: Aboriginal Tests and the Politics of Renewal by Clare BradfordSpace and Race in Contemporary South African English Your Literature by Judith A. InggsExploring Otherness: Cheantes in the Child-Animal Metamorphosis Motif by Maria Lassén-SegerA Happy Blend of Universality and Novelty: "Julie of the Wolves" and "A Ring of Endless Light as Stories Crossing the Animal-human Boundary by Darja Mazi-LeskovarMe, Myself, and Him - The Changing Face of Female Cross-dressing in Contemporary Children's Literature by Victoria FlanaganVoyeruism and Power: Change and Renewal of the Eroticized Figure in Australian Books for Teenagers by Margot HillelFostering Controlled Dissent: Democratic Values and Children's Literature by Eva-Maria MetcalfChildhood as the Sign of Change: Hans Christian Anderson's Retellings of the Concept of Childhood in the Light of Romanticism, Modernism, and Children's Own Cultures by Helene HøyrupContinuity and Change in the Fantasy Tale - with a Focus on Recent Danish Works by Anna Karlskov SkyggebjergBlytons, Noddies and Denoddification Centres: The Changing Constructions of a Cultural Icon by David RuddChanging Perspectives: Tarzan Recalled and Retold at the Turn of the Millennium by Rolf RomörenSpell-binding Dahl: Considering Roald Dahl's Fantasy by Eileen Donaldson"Never Lonely, Always on the Go": The Merry-go-round as Kinetic Metonym, in Text and Illustration, in Tove Jansson's Short Story, "The Hemulen Who Loved Silence" by Sirke HapponenThe Beginning of All Poetry: Some Observations about Lullabies from Oral Traditions by Anne de VriesChange and Renewal: Translating the Visual in Picture Books by Riitta OittinenChange and Renewal of a Famous German Classic by Klaus DodererToo Many Elephants? Endangered Discourses in the Field of Children's Literature by Nancy HuseIndex

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