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.