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Beyond Babar

Author : Sandra L. Beckett
ISBN : 9781461656791
Genre : Education
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Beyond Babar: The European Tradition in Children's Literature examines in depth eleven of the most celebrated European children's novels in substantial, critical essays written by well-known international scholars. This approach provides a comprehensive discussion of the selected works from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Each essay offers a critical introduction to the text that can serve as a point of departure for literary scholars, professors of children's literature, primary and secondary school teachers, and librarians who are interested in texts that cross languages and cultures.

Crossover Picturebooks

Author : Sandra L. Beckett
ISBN : 9781136577024
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book situates the picturebook genre within the widespread international phenomenon of crossover literature, examining an international corpus of picturebooks — including artists’ books, wordless picturebooks, and celebrity picturebooks — that appeal to readers of all ages. Focusing on contemporary picturebooks, Sandra Beckett shows that the picturebook has traditionally been seen as a children’s genre, but in the eyes of many authors, illustrators, and publishers, it is a narrative form that can address any and all age groups. Innovative graphics and formats as well as the creative, often complex dialogue between text and image provide multiple levels of meaning and invite readers of all ages to consider texts that are primarily marketed as children’s books. The interplay of text and image that distinguishes the picturebook from other forms of fiction and makes it a unique art form also makes it the ultimate crossover genre. Crossover picturebooks are often very complex texts that are challenging for adults as well as children. Many are characterized by difficult "adult" themes, genre blending, metafictive discourse, intertextuality, sophisticated graphics, and complex text-image interplay. Exciting experiments with new formats and techniques, as well as novel interactions with new media and technologies have made the picturebook one of the most vibrant and innovative contemporary literary genres, one that seems to know no boundaries. Crossover Picturebooks is a valuable addition to the study of a genre that is gaining increasing recognition and appreciation, and contributes significantly to the field of children’s literature as a whole.

Crossover Fiction

Author : Sandra L. Beckett
ISBN : 9781135861292
Genre : Literary Collections
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In Crossover Fiction, Sandra L. Beckett explores the global trend of crossover literature and explains how it is transforming literary canons, concepts of readership, the status of authors, the publishing industry, and bookselling practices. This study will have significant relevance across disciplines, as scholars in literary studies, media and cultural studies, visual arts, education, psychology, and sociology examine the increasingly blurred borderlines between adults and young people in contemporary society, notably with regard to their consumption of popular culture.

Comparative Children S Literature

Author : Emer O'Sullivan
ISBN : 9781134404841
Genre : Literary Criticism
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WINNER OF THE 2007 CHLA BOOK AWARD! Children's literature has transcended linguistic and cultural borders since books and magazines for young readers were first produced, with popular books translated throughout the world. Emer O'Sullivan traces the history of comparative children's literature studies, from the enthusiastic internationalism of the post-war period – which set out from the idea of a supra-national world republic of childhood – to modern comparative criticism. Drawing on the scholarship and children's literature of many cultures and languages, she outlines the constituent areas that structure the field, including contact and transfer studies, intertextuality studies, intermediality studies and image studies. In doing so, she provides the first comprehensive overview of this exciting new research area. Comparative Children's Literature also links the fields of narratology and translation studies, to develop an original and highly valuable communicative model of translation. Taking in issues of children's 'classics', the canon and world literature for children, Comparative Children's Literature reveals that this branch of literature is not as genuinely international as it is often fondly assumed to be and is essential reading for those interested in the consequences of globalization on children's literature and culture.

Children S Literature

Author : Torben Weinreich
ISBN : 8778671051
Genre : Children
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Textual Transformations In Children S Literature

Author : Benjamin Lefebvre
ISBN : 9780415509718
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book offers new critical approaches for the study of adaptations, abridgments, translations, parodies, and mash-ups that occur internationally in contemporary children's culture. It follows recent shifts in adaptation studies that call for a move beyond fidelity criticism, a paradigm that measures the success of an adaptation by the level of fidelity to the "original" text, toward a methodology that considers the adaptation to be always already in conversation with the adapted text. This book visits children's literature and culture in order to consider the generic, pedagogical, and ideological underpinnings that drive both the process and the product. Focusing on novels as well as folktales, films, graphic novels, and anime, the authors consider the challenges inherent in transforming the work of authors such as William Shakespeare, Charles Perrault, L.M. Montgomery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and A.A. Milne into new forms that are palatable for later audiences particularly when—for perceived ideological or political reasons—the textual transformation is not only unavoidable but entirely necessary. Contributors consider the challenges inherent in transforming stories and characters from one type of text to another, across genres, languages, and time, offering a range of new models that will inform future scholarship.

Modern Children S Literature

Author : Catherine Butler
ISBN : 9781137365019
Genre : Literary Criticism
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First published in 2005, Modern Children's Literature has established itself as an indispensable introduction to the academic study of children's literature. This collection of stimulating essays combines accessible close readings of children's texts with informed descriptions of genres, issues and critical contexts, making it an ideal practical textbook for students. The second edition of this classic work has been thoroughly revised, updated and expanded to reflect current critical debates, recent books for children and young adults, and the latest scholarship. It includes new chapters by leading names on key topics such as canon formation, psychoanalytic approaches, fantasy and technology, and features an essay on poetry by the former Children's Laureate, Michael Rosen. Supported by explanatory boxed material and suggestions for further reading, Modern Children's Literature remains the essential guide to this popular area of writing.

Crossover Fiction

Author : Sandra L. Beckett
ISBN : 9781135861308
Genre : Literary Collections
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In Crossover Fiction, Sandra L. Beckett explores the global trend of crossover literature and explains how it is transforming literary canons, concepts of readership, the status of authors, the publishing industry, and bookselling practices. This study will have significant relevance across disciplines, as scholars in literary studies, media and cultural studies, visual arts, education, psychology, and sociology examine the increasingly blurred borderlines between adults and young people in contemporary society, notably with regard to their consumption of popular culture.

Children S Literature And National Identity

Author : Margaret Meek Spencer
ISBN : 185856204X
Genre : Education
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How do young readers see themselves and "others" in the texts they are encouraged to read? How are their sympathies recruited in tales of wars and conflicts ? Where do their loyalties lie? How do they approach and interpret books in translation? How do writers in other European countries portray adults? How universal are fairy tales? Books for children and young adults are deeply embedded in the culture and language of their origins. Although the multicultural nature of the UK is now more positively reflected in their children's books and the fact that there are many "Englishes" is acknowledged, the Englishness of English books is still strong. The questions of national identity and children's literature are considered by European writers from their own perspectives, to highlight what is often taken for granted about "other" in relation to "ourselves" and vice versa. Gathered here by renowned author Margaret Meek of the Institute of Education, University of London, the contributors include: Anthea Bell, famous translator of Asterix Penni Cotton, who ran EU-funded seminars on the international use of children's literature Robert Dunbar of Dublin, who examines traditional Irish children's literature and identity Carol Fox of early storytelling fame, who has been studying East European children's books about war Judith Graham of Roehampton Institute, looking at picture books Anna Jaszo of Budapest University, writing on international reading Gillian Lathey of Roehampton Institute, promoting European children's literature Francis Marcoin, critical theorist at the University of Artois Emer O'Sullivan, children's literature expert at Goethe University in Frankfurt Carla Poesio, a picture book specialist from Florence Morag Styles, who applies her expertise in children's poetry to the theme of national identity and Janet White of the QCA, who started inquiring into this topic and drew Margaret Meek into it.

Philosophy In Children S Literature

Author : Peter R. Costello
ISBN : 9780739168233
Genre : Literary Criticism
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"This book seeks to join the ongoing, interdisciplinary approach to children's literature by means of sustained readings of individual texts by means of important works in the history of philosophy. Its inclusion of authors from both various departments--philosophy, literature, religion, and education--and various countries is an attempt to show how traditional boundaries between disciplines might become more permeable and how philosophy offers important insights to this interdisciplinary, critical conversation"--provided by publisher.

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