Contemporary Children's Literature and Film: Engaging with Theory

Hardcover | September 15, 2011

EditorKerry Mallan

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Bringing together the voices of leading and emerging scholars, this book provides an innovative and accessible guide to using theory to study children's literature and film.  Integrating key theoretical approaches and thinkers from across feminism, ecocriticism, postcolonialism and poststructuralism, the book shows how these can be used as tools to analyse a range of contemporary children's literature and film texts.  The book will be at the cutting-edge of scholarship, combining new approaches to not only locate children's texts within changing social, cultural and political contexts, but also to help navigate a changing 'post-theory' era.

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Bringing together the voices of leading and emerging scholars, this book provides an innovative and accessible guide to using theory to study children's literature and film.  Integrating key theoretical approaches and thinkers from across feminism, ecocriticism, postcolonialism and poststructuralism, the book shows how these can be use...

KERRY MALLAN is Professor in Education at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her research interests include all aspects of children's literature and film, with a particular focus on gender and sexuality. Her numerous publications include Gender Dilemmas in Children's Texts (forthcoming, Palgrave, 2010), New World Orde...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.6 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230231497

ISBN - 13:9780230231498

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction: Bringing Back Theory; K.Mallan & C.Bradford
Schemas and Scripts: Cognitive Instruments and the Representation of Cultural Diversity in Children's Literature; J.Stephens
Journeying Subjects: Spatiality and Identity in Children's Texts; C.Bradford & R.Baccolini
Local and Global: Cultural Globalisation, Consumerism and Children's Fiction; E.Bullen & K.Mallan 
Monstrous Women: Gothic Misogyny in Monster House; M.Takolander
Splitting the Difference: Pleasure, Desire and Intersubjectivity in Children's Literature and Film; C.Wilkie-Stubbs
Children as Ecocitizens: Ecocriticism and Environmental Texts; G.Massey& C.Bradford
From 'Wizard' to 'Wicked': Adaptation Theory and Young Adult Fiction; D.Buchbinder
All That Matters: Technoscience, Critical Theory and Children's Fiction; K.Mallan
Notes on Contributors 
Index

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"The book's major contribution is to showcase contemporary forms/iterations of theory such as posthumanism, cognitive poetics, and spatiality studies. This very fine collection of essays will be of use to a wide range of students as well as to established scholars."--Kenneth Kidd, University of Florida