An Introduction to Childrens Literature

Paperback | October 1, 1988

byPeter Hunt

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Children's literature is a remarkable area of writing and a growing area of study. Its characters - Pooh Bear, the Wizard of Oz, the Famous Five, Peter Rabbit - are part of most people's psyche and have strong links to basic myth and archetypes. They arouse strong feelings, as demonstratedby recent debates over political correctness. An Introduction to Children's Literature combines a history of writing for children with an assessment of its literary, sociological, and pedagogical roles. Fundamentally a history of British children's literature, Hunt identifies fantasy, nostalgia, nature images, a sense of place of territory,testing and incitation, and warmth and security as all key characteristics of children's literature.

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This book provides a concise history of British children' literature, focusing particularly on the past 130 years. It traces the evolution from moralizing, 'improving' works to books which are empathetic to the world of the child. But it also demonstrates that the history of children's literature can be approached from several angles-t...

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Children's literature is a remarkable area of writing and a growing area of study. Its characters - Pooh Bear, the Wizard of Oz, the Famous Five, Peter Rabbit - are part of most people's psyche and have strong links to basic myth and archetypes. They arouse strong feelings, as demonstratedby recent debates over political correctness....

Senior Lecturer in the School of English, University of Wales, Cardiff, Peter Hunt is the author of many books on children's literature and organized the first course on children's literature at a U.K. university.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.63 inPublished:October 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0192892436

ISBN - 13:9780192892430

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This book provides a concise history of British children' literature, focusing particularly on the past 130 years. It traces the evolution from moralizing, 'improving' works to books which are empathetic to the world of the child. But it also demonstrates that the history of children's literature can be approached from several angles-that of the women who predominate among children's writer, of the relationship between children's books and contemporary ideologies, and of the part played by illustrations and illustrators in the development of the genre.

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'A very welcome, succinct and enjoyable introduction.'Jane Doonan, The School Librarian, 42(4) November 1994