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Children's Literature By Matthew Grenby

Children's Literature
by Matthew Grenby

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The first concise guide to children's literature for a decade providing extensive coverage across genres, continents and from the beginnings of the form to Harry Potter and Philip Pullman.
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Children's Literature by Matthew Grenby

This critical guide provides a concise yet comprehensive history of British and North American children's literature from its seventeenth-century origins to the present day. Each chapter focuses on one of the main genres of children's literature: fables, fantasy, adventure stories, moral tales, family stories, the school story, and poetry. M. O. Grenby shows how these forms have evolved over three hundred years as well as asking why most children's books, even today, continue to fall into one or other of these generic categories. Why, for instance, has fantasy been so appealing to both Victorian and twenty-first-century children? Are the religious and moral stories written in the eighteenth century really so different from the teenage problem novels of today? The book answers questions like these with a combination of detailed analysis of particular key texts and a broad survey of hundreds of children's books, both famous and forgotten. Key Features * The first concise history of children's literature to be published for more than a decade * Extensive coverage of children's literature, across genres, continents and from the beginnings of the form to Harry Potter and Philip Pullman * Links close reading of texts with the historical and cultural context of their production and reception

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[Grenby] has devised a cunning circuit of discussion which aims to shed light on his subject through seven genres: fables, poetry, moral and instructive tales, the school story, the family story, fantasy, and the adventure story... Above all this though is the wisdom of Dr Grenby's Conclusion where he strikes a grand blow at the all-to-frequent belittlement of children's literature among the world in general. Children's Book History Society A confident kaleidoscope of a book... Grenby is a world-class scholar of earlier children's literature--and it shows in the array of less familiar material on view--but that does not stop him taking on the moderns... We can only hope that copies of it will lodge in libraries everywhere to provide a sourcebook for students. -- Peter Hunt, Cardiff University Modern Language Review [Grenby] has devised a cunning circuit of discussion which aims to shed light on his subject through seven genres: fables, poetry, moral and instructive tales, the school story, the family story, fantasy, and the adventure story... Above all this though is the wisdom of Dr Grenby's Conclusion where he strikes a grand blow at the all-to-frequent belittlement of children's literature among the world in general. A confident kaleidoscope of a book... Grenby is a world-class scholar of earlier children's literature--and it shows in the array of less familiar material on view--but that does not stop him taking on the moderns... We can only hope that copies of it will lodge in libraries everywhere to provide a sourcebook for students.

About Matthew Grenby


M. O. Grenby is Reader in Children's Literature in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Author of The Anti-Jacobin Novel: British Conservatism and the French Revolution (CUP, 2001) and editor, with Julia Briggs and Denis Butts, of A History of Popular Children's Literature (Ashgate Press, 2004).

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements; Chronology; Introduction; Chapter 1: Fables; Definitions, early history and audience; The evolution of Aesop; Humanitarian and pantheistic fables; Dystopian and environmentalist fables; Political fables; Fables and race; Fables of personal fulfilment; Chapter 2: Poetry; Definitions and early history; Devotional, vernacular and cautionary verse; Nonsense and narrative verse; Sentimental cynicism; 'Urchin verse'; Chapter 3: Moral and Instructive Tales; Realism and didacticism; The eighteenth-century moral tale; The modern moral tale; The moral tale in the nineteenth century; Chapter 4: The School Story; Definitions, national tradition and early history; The individual and the community; The school ethos; The politics of school: class and empire; The modern school story: challenging the conventions; Chapter 5: The Family Story; Definitions; The instructive family; The imperialist family; The confining family; The political family; Non-traditional families; The vertical family; Chapter 6: Fantasy; Fantasy, reality and the interface between them; Fantasy, history, ideology; Fantasy and the politics of gender; Fantasy, freedom, order and empowerment; Fantasy, didacticism and the search for selfhood; Chapter 7: The Adventure Story; Definitions and blurred boundaries; The fantasy of empowerment; Adventure and Morality; Authenticity and Exoticism; The politics of adventure: gender and empire; Student Resources; Glossary; Further Reading; Index.

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GOR002779415
Children's Literature by Matthew Grenby
Matthew Grenby
Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Edinburgh University Press
2008-04-24
256
0748622748
9780748622740
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