The Oxford Handbook of Childrens Literature

Paperback | November 28, 2012

EditorJulia Mickenberg, Lynne Vallone

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The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature is at once a literary history, an introduction to various theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, a review of genres, and a selection of original and interdisciplinary essays on canonical and popular works for children in theAnglo-American tradition. It is geared toward graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and scholars new to the study of children's literature, as well as teachers and anyone wishing to keep up with new research and innovative approaches to children's literature. Twenty-six essays by top scholars from varied disciplines address theoretical, historical, sociological, and critical issues through analyses of classic novels such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, The Swiss Family Robinson, Tom Sawyer, Kidnapped, and Five Little Peppersand How They Grew; early educational and religious works such as The New England Primer and Froggy's Little Brother; picture books, comics and graphic novels such as Millions of Cats, Where the Wild Things Are, the Peanuts series and American Born Chinese; early readers such as The Cat in the Hatand the Frog and Toad books; newer children's classics including Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Jade, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, The Circuit, the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials trilogy; works of poetry such as The Bat Poety and The Dreamkeeper; a play, Peter Pan; and mediaclassics such as Free to Be You and Me and Dumbo. An editors' introduction surveys key trends in criticism, the field's history, and foundational scholarship.

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The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature is at once a literary history, an introduction to various theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, a review of genres, and a selection of original and interdisciplinary essays on canonical and popular works for children in theAnglo-American tradition. It is geared toward gradu...

Julia Mickenberg is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Learning from the Left: Children's Literature, the Cold War, and Radical Politics in the United States and coeditor of Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature. Lynne Vallone is Professor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.68 inPublished:November 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Julia Mickenberg and Lynne Vallone: IntroductionI: Adults and Children1. Peter Hunt: The Fundamentals of Children's Literature Criticism: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871)2. Richard Flynn: Randall Jarrell's The Bat Poet (1964): Poets, Children, and Readers in an Age of Prose3. Teya Rosenberg: Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad Together (1979) as a Primer for Critical Literacy4. Karin Westman: Blending Genres and Crossing Audiences: Harry Potter (1997-2007) and the Future of Literary FictionII: Pictures and Poetics5. Nathalie op de Beeck: Wanda's Wonderland: Wanda G g and Her Millions of Cats (1928)6. Katharine Capshaw Smith: A Cross-Written Harlem Renaissance: Langston Hughes' The Dreamkeeper (1932)7. Nicholas Sammond: Dumbo (1941), Disney, and Difference: Walt Disney Productions and Film as Children's Literature8. Charles Hatfield: Redrawing the Comic Strip Child: Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts (1950-52, 1959-60) as Cross-Writing9. Kevin Shortsleeve: The Cat in the Hippie: Dr. Seuss, Nonsense, the Carnivalesque, and the Sixties Rebel (The Cat in the Hat [1957])10. Kenneth Kidd: Wild Things and Wolf Dreams: Maurice Sendak, Picturebook Psychologist (Where the Wild Things Are [1963]11. Lan Dong: Re-imagining the Monkey King in Comics: Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese (2006)III. Reading History/Learning Race and Class12. Kimberley Reynolds: Froggy's Little Brother (1875): Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Writing for Children and the Politics of Poverty13. M. O. Grenby: History in Fiction: Contextualization as Interpretation in Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped (1886)14. Beverly Lyon Clark: Tom Sawyer (1876), Audience and American Indians15. Kelly Hager: Living with the Kings: Class, Taste, and Family Formation in Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1881)16. Mavis Reimer: A Daughter of the House: Discourses of Adoption in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, (1908)17. June Cummins: Where in America Are You, God? Judy Blume, Margaret Simon and American National Identity (Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret [1970]18. Michelle Martin: Let Freedom Ring: Land, Liberty, Literacy and Lore in Mildred Taylor's Logan Family Novels (1975-2001)19. Philip Serrato: 'What are Young People to Think'?: The Subject of Immigration and the Immigrant Subject in Francisco Jimnez's The Circuit (1997)IV. Innocence and Agency20. Courtney Weikle-Mills: 'My Book and Heart Shall Never Part': Reading, Printing, and Circulation in the New England Primer (1688-90)21. Karen Sanchez-Eppler: Castaways: Swiss Family Robinson (1812, 1814), Child Book-Makers, and the Possibilities of Literary Flotsam22. Eric Tribunella: Tom Brown and the Schoolboy Crush: Boyhood Desire, Hero-worship, and the Boys' School Story (Tom Brown's Schooldays [1857])23. Peter Pan (1904) as Children's Theater: The Issue of Audience. Marah Gubar. Peter Pan (1904) as Children's Theater: The Issue of Audience24. Claudia Nelson: Jade (1969) and the Tomboy Tradition25. Leslie Paris: Happily Ever After: Free to Be L You and Me (1972), Second-Wave Feminism, and 1970s American Children's Culture26. Naomi Wood: Paradise Refigured: Innocence and Experience in His Dark Materials (1995-2000)