The Routledge Companion to Children's Literature

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 5/25/2010
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The Routledge Companion to Children's Literature is a vibrant and authoritative exploration of children's literature in all its manifestations. It features a series of essays written by expert contributors who provide an illuminating examination of why children's literature is the way it is. Topics covered include:the history and development of children's literaturevarious theoretical approaches used to explore the texts, including narratological methodsquestions of gender and sexuality along with issues of race and ethnicityrealism and fantasy as two prevailing modes of story-tellingpicture books, comics and graphic novels as well as 'young adult' fiction and the 'crossover' novelmedia adaptations and neglected areas of children's literatureThe Routledge Companion to Children's Literature contains suggestions for further reading throughout plus a helpful timeline and a substantial glossary of key terms and names, both established and more cutting-edge. This is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to an increasingly complex and popular discipline.

Author Biography

David Rudd is Professor of Children's Literature at the University of Bolton, UK. He was on the awarding panel for the Children's Laureate 2007 and his books include A Communication Studies Approach to Children's Literature (1992) and Enid Blyton and the Mystery of Children's Literature (2000).

Table of Contents

List of contributorsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Editor's introductionp. xiii
Essays on children's literaturep. 1
The development of children's literaturep. 3
'Criticism is the theory of literature': theory is the criticism of literaturep. 14
Gender studiesp. 26
Race, ethnicity and colonialismp. 39
Narratologyp. 51
Realismp. 63
Fantasyp. 75
Young adult fiction and the crossover phenomenonp. 87
Picturebooks, comics and graphic novelsp. 100
Media adaptationsp. 112
Sidelines: some neglected dimensions of children's literature and its scholarshipp. 125
Names and termsp. 139
Timelinep. 259
Resourcesp. 277
Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 306
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