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Criticism, Theory, & Children's Literature

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Children's literature is an expanding field of study, involving criticism, education, and psychology. This book argues that children's literature has an important role in the development of critical theory, especially in the areas of reader response and the effect of the imagined readership on the writing of the text itself. The book does not tackle the subject in the cont ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Blackwell Publishers (first published January 1st 1991)
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Jenn McCollum
Oct 31, 2011 Jenn McCollum rated it it was ok
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Peter Hunt claims that “it is clear that adult readers can never share the same background as children.” He identifies three primary ways that adults read children’s books: as if they were peer-texts, on behalf of the child, and with an eye to discussing them with other adults. But these ways of reading feed into the exact constructs that children’s literature has the potential to deconstruct. In order to dismantle the politics that restrict our modes of creative thought most, adult readers need ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Coenraad rated it liked it
Excellent overview of issues in the complex field ofchlidren's literature, enlightened by examples from well-known English books. It's a pity the author does not cast his net wider to include exzmples from other literatures, but given the richness of the Anglo-Saxon production for children, he doesn't really need to.

Knap oorsig oor die kwessies in die komplekse veld genaamd kinderliteratuur, met interessante voorbeelde uit Engelse boeke. Dis jammer dat die skrywer nie sy net wyer gooi om ook and
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Sep 24, 2012 Alison Forde rated it liked it
Was really enjoying this text - Hunt proposes a "childist" criticism of children's literature and questions the view that children's literature should be simple or directive, and that literature is literature because a self -defined literary-critical elite say so, and then he has to go and spoil it all by revealing his own prejudices about the people he met as a student at university, referring to girls of dubious or loose morals and judging women, presumably on how often they change their sexua ...more
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Peter Hunt (born 1945) is a British scholar who is Professor Emeritus in Children's Literature at Cardiff University.

Hunt's books include works of criticism, novels, and stories for younger children. The Children's Literature courses that he ran at Cardiff were the first to treat children's literature as a subject of academic study in the UK. He has lectured on the subject at over 120 universities
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