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Understanding Children's Literature

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Presenting a systematic introduction to the essential concepts necessary for the study of children's literature, this book guides the reader through the most relevant areas of criticism and theory, summarizing their contexts and applications. Bibliographies provide details of further information sources and a glossary explains the literary terms encountered in the book. Co ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published July 19th 2005 by Routledge (first published March 12th 1998)
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Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a basic overview of various ways of reading children's lit, with every chapter covering a different topic. There's some really interesting stuff in here, and some really boring stuff too. The best part might be the never-ending bibliographies, indicating hundreds of ways to go deeper into any given topic.
I think my two favourite chapters were the one on Bibliotherapy (Can Stories Heal?) and on children as critics.
Super good, worth the read. Peter Hunt, the editor, is widely known in the
Jun 30, 2014 marked it as dipping-in-and-out
This is an introduction to the academic study of children's literature, but if it's still a bit hard-going, I recommend listening first to Prof David Beagley's lectures (La Trobe University), freely available on iTunes U. Beagley's series is called 'Genres in Children's Literature'.
A really great volume for seeing how you can apply different modes of analysis and schools of thought and theory to the study of children's literature. A really helpful introduction to my grad school career.
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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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