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Children's Literature



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  • Children's Literature
    Children's Literature


Now fully revised and updated, this new edition includes:

a new chapter on illustrated and picture books (and includes 7 illustrations);

an expanded glossary;

an updated further reading section.

Children's Literature traces the development of the main genres of children's books one by one, including fables, fantasy, adventure stories, moral tales, family stories, school stories, children's poetry and illustrated and picture books. Grenby shows how these forms have evolved over 300 years and asks why most children's books, even today, continue to fall into one or other of these generic categories.

Combining detailed analysis of particular key texts and a broad survey of hundreds of books written and illustrated for children, this volume considers both long forgotten and still famous titles, as well as the new classics of the genre - all of them loved by children and adults alike, but also fascinating and challenging for the critic and cultural historian.

Author Biography

M. O. Grenby is Reader in Children's Literature in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Author of The Anti-Jacobin Novel: British Conservatism and the French Revolution (CUP, 2001) and editor, with Julia Briggs and Denis Butts, of A History of Popular Children's Literature (Ashgate Press, 2004).

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