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Children's literature : a reader's history, from Aesop to Harry Potter

Children's literature : a reader's history, from Aesop to Harry Potter

Author: Seth Lerer
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008. ©2008
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Children's Literature charts the makings of the Western literary imagination from Aesop's fables to Mother Goose, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Peter Pan, from Where the Wild Things Are to Harry Potter. Seth Lerer here explores the iconic books, ancient and contemporary alike, that have forged a lifelong love of literature in young readers during their formative years. Along the way, Lerer also looks at  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Geschiedenis (vorm)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Seth Lerer
ISBN: 9780226473000 0226473007 0226473015 9780226473017
OCLC Number: 176980408
Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, 2008; Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism, 2010.
Description: ix, 385 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Toward a new history of children's literature --
Speak, child : children's literature in classical antiquity --
Ingenuity and authority : Aesop's fables and their afterlives --
Court, commerce, and cloister : the literatures of medieval childhood --
From alphabet to elegy : the Puritan impact on children's literature --
Playthings of the mind : John Locke and children's literature --
Canoes and cannibals : Robinson Crusoe and its legacies --
From islands to empires : storytelling for a boy's world --
On beyond Darwin : from Kingsley to Seuss --
Ill-tempered and queer : sense and nonsense, from Victorian to modern --
Straw into gold : fairy-tale philology --
Theaters of girlhood : domesticity, desire, and performance in female fiction --
Pan in the garden : the Edwardian turn in children's literature --
Good feeling : prizes, libraries, and the institutions of American children's literature --
Keeping things straight : style and the child --
Tap your pencil on the paper : children's literature in an ironic age --
Epilogue : Children's literature and the history of the book.
Responsibility: Seth Lerer.
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Introduction. Toward a New History of Children's Literature -- 1. Speak, Child: Children's Literature in Classical Antiquity -- 2. Ingenuity and Authority: Aesop's Fables and Their Afterlives -- 3. Court, Commerce, and Cloister: The Literatures of Medieval Childhood -- 4. From Alphabet to Elegy: The Puritan Impact on Children's Literature -- 5. Playthings of the Mind: John Locke and Children's Literature -- 6. Canoes and Cannibals: Robinson Crusoe and Its Legacies -- 7. From Islands to Empires: Storytelling for a Boy's World -- 8. On beyond Darwin: From Kingsley to Seuss -- 9. Ill-Tempered and Queer: Sense and Nonsense, from Victorian to Modern -- 10. Straw into Gold: Fairy-Tale Philology -- 11. Theaters of Girlhood: Domesticity, Desire, and Performance in Female Fiction -- 12. Pan in the Garden: The Edwardian Turn in Children's Literature -- 13. Good Feeling: Prizes, Libraries, and the Institutions of American Children's Literature -- 14. Keeping Things Straight: Style and the Child -- 15. Tap Your Pencil on the Paper: Children's Literature in an Ironic Age -- Epilogue. Children's Literature and the History of the Book.


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