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Keywords for Children's Literature

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The study of children's literature and culture has been experiencing a renaissance, with vital new work proliferating across many areas of interest. Mapping this vibrant scholarship, Keywords for Children's Literature presents 49 original essays on the essential terms and concepts of the field. From Aesthetics to Young Adult, an impressive, multidisciplinary cast of schola ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 13th 2011 by New York University Press (first published May 1st 1995)
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Barb Middleton
Mar 11, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
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Probably the best thing I took away from this book was facing my own biases when reading books and thinking about children's literature sociologically as well as historically. This book is a scholarly approach to children's literature in the alphabetized form of 49 essays by different authors that delves into the etymology, history, and meanings of keywords in children's literature, or put another way, it is an exploration of the social and cultural impact of certain words in children's literatu ...more
Amy Rae
Sep 03, 2014 Amy Rae rated it really liked it
As with any text with contributions from numerous different scholars, some of these chapters are awesome, and some are wastes of time. It's a great collection overall and provides a lot of interesting food for thought.
Candy Wood
For a change, I didn’t read this book straight through from A to Z (Y, actually, for Young Adult). Instead, I followed the editors’ advice to read around, letting each term lead to another, and I recommend that approach. Following the lead of Raymond Williams’s 1976 Keywords and its successors, Philip Nel and Lissa Paul chose words that have provoked (and continue to provoke) debate: they consider “fairy tale” to be a stable genre category, so its discussion is included in the entry for “Fantasy ...more
Anna Smithberger
Dec 16, 2014 Anna Smithberger rated it really liked it
Not a perfect book by any means. Some of the chapters are superfluous, or not nearly as useful as a definition in the context of children's literature, but many of them are great. Plus, it's nice to read some really academic definitions of words that you would not otherwise interrogate in such a way.
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Nov 18, 2016 Christy rated it liked it
This was a textbook. How do you really review a textbook? It helped me write my papers and some of the essays were thought provoking.
Natalie VanDusen
Nov 07, 2016 Natalie VanDusen rated it really liked it
Admittedly did not read all of this. But I did read enough to get a sense of it. This book addresses a lot of major themes in children's literature. Very interesting read.
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Professor of English, co-editor of Tales for Little Rebels (2008), author of Dr. Seuss: American Icon (2004), The Annotated Cat (2007), and other books.

Professor of English and Director of the Program in Children's Literature at Kansas State University. Books include Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature (UP Missi
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