Childrens Literature: Criticism and the Fictional Child by Karin Lesnik-Oberstein

Childrens Literature: Criticism and the Fictional Child

byKarin Lesnik-Oberstein

Hardcover | May 1, 1994

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Children's Literature: Criticism and the Fictional Child is an original and lucid study of the figure of the `child' as it is presented in the rapidly expanding field of the criticism of children's literature. The book argues that in fact, this same body of criticism - through oftencontradictory versions of the `child' - revels the realm of `childhood' as one constructed by the adult reader. Karin Lesnik-Oberstein demonstrates that both this criticism and the texts it studies are underpinned by the narratives of the liberal arts' educational ideals and their attendantsocio-political and personal ideologies. The author places literary discussion into the current wider debates about childhood in psychology and psychotherapy. This lively polemic represents a significant re-thinking of `childhood' and approaches to children's literature.

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Karin Lesnik-Oberstein is at University College, Oxford.
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Title:Childrens Literature: Criticism and the Fictional ChildFormat:HardcoverDimensions:258 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.83 inPublished:May 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198119984

ISBN - 13:9780198119982

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