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Children's Literature and Culture


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Founding Editor and Series Editor 1994-2011: Jack Zipes

Series Editor, 2011-2018: Philip Nel

 

Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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The Arctic in Literature for Children and Young Adults

The Arctic in Literature for Children and Young Adults

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Heidi Hansson, Maria Lindgren Leavenworth, Anka Ryall
March 03, 2020

As a setting for juvenile literature, the Arctic has traditionally been a space for adventure, the exotic and the fantastic. More recent works have used the Arctic setting to explore a dystopian future, often related to climate change. The aim of the present volume is to examine themes in Arctic...

Out of Reach: The Ideal Girl in American Girls’ Serial Literature

Out of Reach: The Ideal Girl in American Girls’ Serial Literature

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Kate G. Harper
November 25, 2019

Out of Reach: The Ideal Girl in American Girls’ Serial Literature traces the journey of the ideal girl through American girls’ series in the twentieth century. Who is the ideal girl? In what ways does the trope of the ideal girl rely on the exclusion and erasure of Othered girls? How does the...

Cyborg Saints: Religion and Posthumanism in Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

Cyborg Saints: Religion and Posthumanism in Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

1st Edition

Carissa Turner Smith
September 10, 2019

Saints are currently undergoing a resurrection in middle grade and young adult fiction, as recent prominent novels by Socorro Acioli, Julie Berry, Adam Gidwitz, Rachel Hartman, Merrie Haskell, Gene Luen Yang, and others demonstrate. Cyborg Saints: Religion and Posthumanism in Middle Grade and Young...

Battling Girlhood: Sympathy, Social Justice, and the Tomboy Figure in American Literature

Battling Girlhood: Sympathy, Social Justice, and the Tomboy Figure in American Literature

1st Edition

Kristen B. Proehl
July 03, 2018

From Jo March of Little Women (1868) to Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games (2008), the American tomboy figure has evolved into an icon of modern girlhood and symbol of female empowerment. Battling Girlhood: Sympathy, Social Justice, and the Tomboy Figure in American Literature traces the...

‘The Right Thing to Read’: A History of Australian Girl-Readers, 1910-1960

‘The Right Thing to Read’: A History of Australian Girl-Readers, 1910-1960

1st Edition

Bronwyn Lowe
March 19, 2018

‘The Right Thing to Read’: A History of Australian Girl-Readers, 1910-1960 explores the reading habits, identity, and construction of femininity of Australian girls aged between ten and fourteen from 1910 to 1960. It investigates changing notions of Australian girlhood across the period, and...

Graphic Girlhoods: Visualizing Education and Violence

Graphic Girlhoods: Visualizing Education and Violence

1st Edition

Elizabeth Marshall
February 12, 2018

Drawing on a dynamic set of "graphic texts of girlhood," Elizabeth Marshall identifies the locations, cultural practices, and representational strategies through which schoolgirls experience real and metaphorical violence. How is the schoolgirl made legible through violence in graphic texts of...

The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture: Theorizing Books for Beginning Readers

The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture: Theorizing Books for Beginning Readers

1st Edition

Jennifer Miskec, Annette Wannamaker
February 12, 2018

This is the first volume to consider the popular literary category of Early Readers – books written and designed for children who are just beginning to read independently. It argues that Early Readers deserve more scholarly attention and careful thought because they are, for many younger readers,...

Postcolonial Approaches to Latin American Children’s Literature

Postcolonial Approaches to Latin American Children’s Literature

1st Edition

Ann González
February 09, 2018

In this volume González explores how the effects of a traumatic colonial experience are (re)presented to Latin American children today, almost two centuries after the dismantling of colonialism proper. Central to this study is the argument that the historical constraints of colonialism,...

The Victorian Era in Twenty-First Century Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Culture

The Victorian Era in Twenty-First Century Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Culture

1st Edition

Sonya Sawyer Fritz, Sara K. Day
February 07, 2018

Victorian literature for audiences of all ages provides a broad foundation upon which to explore complex and evolving ideas about young people. In turn, this collection argues, contemporary works for young people that draw on Victorian literature and culture ultimately reflect our own disruptions...

Discourses of Postcolonialism in Contemporary British Children's Literature

Discourses of Postcolonialism in Contemporary British Children's Literature

1st Edition

Blanka Grzegorczyk
February 06, 2018

This book considers how contemporary British children’s books engage with some of the major cultural debates of recent years, and how they resonate with the current preoccupations and tastes of the white mainstream British reading public. A central assumption of this volume is that Britain’s...

Fantasy and the Real World in British Children’s Literature: The Power of Story

Fantasy and the Real World in British Children’s Literature: The Power of Story

1st Edition

Caroline Webb
February 06, 2018

This study examines the children’s books of three extraordinary British writers—J.K. Rowling, Diana Wynne Jones, and Terry Pratchett—and investigates their sophisticated use of narrative strategies not only to engage children in reading, but to educate them into becoming mature readers and...

Justice in Young Adult Speculative Fiction: A Cognitive Reading

Justice in Young Adult Speculative Fiction: A Cognitive Reading

1st Edition

Marek C. Oziewicz
February 06, 2018

This book is the first to offer a justice-focused cognitive reading of modern YA speculative fiction in its narrative and filmic forms. It links the expansion of YA speculative fiction in the 20th century with the emergence of human and civil rights movements, with the communitarian revolution in...

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