Radical Children's Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction

Paperback | April 12, 2007

byK. Reynolds

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This book, now available in paperback, reappraises the place of children's literature, showing it to be a creative space where writers and illustrators try out new ideas about books, society, and narratives in an age of instant communication and multi-media.

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This book, now available in paperback, reappraises the place of children's literature, showing it to be a creative space where writers and illustrators try out new ideas about books, society, and narratives in an age of instant communication and multi-media.

KIMBERLEY REYNOLDS is Professor of Children's Literature in the School of English at Newcastle University, UK, and President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature. Previously she founded and directed the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton University, UK. Her publications span ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:215 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:April 12, 2007Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230239374

ISBN - 13:9780230239371

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Author's Note
Breaking Bounds: The Transformative Energy of Children's Literature
Breaking the Frame: Picturebooks, Modernism and New Media
And None of it was Nonsense
Useful Idiots: Interactions between Youth Culture and Children's Literature
Self-harm, Silence and Survival: Despair and Trauma in Children's Literature
Baby, You're the Best: Sex and Sexuality in Contemporary Juvenile Fiction
Frightening Fiction: TheTransformative Power of Fear
Back to the Future? New Forms and Formats in Juvenile Fiction
Conclusion: The Foundations of Future Fictions
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the 2007 Book Award by the Children's Literature Association"Covering a huge geographical and historical range, Reynolds examines both traditional and less traditional literary forms (visual media, computer games, fan fiction etc), effortlessly combining insightful close readings with an enviable theoretical acumen. This book is destined to become a classic in the field." --David Rudd, University of Bolton, UK"[A] groundbreaking study...The wide range of texts discussed and the new insights offered into the interplay of children's literature with childhood and youth culture will make this book an indispensable study for children's literature scholars." --Claudia Sffner, Bookbird, A Journal of International Children's Literature"Reynolds writes with persuasive authority and unsurpassed depth of knowledge both about the history of children's literature, and about the rich diversity of literature being produced for children today. Best of all is the invigorating new approach she brings to the subject: here, we discover how children's literature has been, and continues to be, at the vanguard of radical experimentation in art."--Rachel Falconer, University of Sheffield, UK