Space and place in children's literature, 1789 to the present

Cecire, Maria Sachiko and Field, Hannah and Finn, Kavita Mudan and Roy, Malini (2015) Space and place in children's literature, 1789 to the present. Ashgate Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present . Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9781472420541

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Abstract

Focusing on questions of space and locale in children’s literature, this collection explores how metaphorical and physical space can create landscapes of power, knowledge, and identity in texts from the early nineteenth century to the present. The collection is comprised of four sections that take up the space between children and adults, the representation of “real world” places, fantasy travel and locales, and the physical space of the children’s book-as-object. In their essays, the contributors analyze works from a range of sources and traditions by authors such as Sylvia Plath, Maria Edgeworth, Gloria Anzaldúa, Jenny Robson, C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Knox, and Claude Ponti. At the same time as they maintain the focus on how location and spatiality aid in defining the child’s relationship to the world, the essays address themes of borders, displacement, diaspora, exile, fantasy, gender, history, home-leaving and homecoming, hybridity, mapping, and metatextuality. With an epilogue by Philip Pullman in which he discusses his own relationship to image and locale, this collection is also a valuable resource for understanding the work of this celebrated author of children’s literature.

Additional Information:Editors email addresses mcecire@bard.edu kvmudan@gmail.com roym26@gmail.com
Keywords:Children's literature, Interpretation of place
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T820 Australasian Literature studies
T Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects > T720 American Literature studies
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R120 French Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:11781
Deposited On:07 Feb 2014 15:48

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