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The hidden adult : defining children's literature

Author: Perry Nodelman
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
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What exactly is a children's book? How is children's literature defined as a genre? A leading scholar presents close readings of six classic stories to answer these questions and offer a clear definition of children's writing as a distinct literary form. Perry Nodelman begins by considering the plots, themes, and structures of six works: "The Purple Jar," Alice in Wonderland, Dr. Doolittle, Henry Huggins, The Snowy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nodelman, Perry.
Hidden adult.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008
(OCoLC)745176908
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Perry Nodelman
ISBN: 9780801889790 9780801889806 0801889790 0801889804
OCLC Number: 183179540
Description: x, 390 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Six texts. Different texts, same genre --
Language : the text and its shadows --
Focalization : who sees and what they know --
Desire confronts knowledge --
Home and away : essential doubleness --
Variation --
Summary --
2. Exploring assumptions. Reading as an adult --
Making choices : exploring representativeness --
Assumptions about genre --
Genre and field --
Genre and genres --
3. Children's literature as a genre. Defining children's literature --
No genre --
Different but not distinct --
Literature and children --
For the good of children --
Literature for boys and literature for girls --
Middle-class subjectivity --
Doubleness --
Specific markers --
About children --
The eyes of children --
Simplicity and sublimation --
The hidden adult --
Narrator and narratee --
Showing, not telling --
Happy endings --
Achieving utopia --
Binaries --
Repetition --
Variation --
A comprehensive statement --
4. The genre in the field. Sameness and difference --
The sameness of children's literature --
Different children's literatures : the effects of personality and history --
Different children's literatures : the effects of nationality --
The genre in the field --
Distinctive texts in the genre --
Conclusion : children's literature as nonadult.
Responsibility: Perry Nodelman.
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