Reading Children’s Literature: A Critical Introduction – Second Edition

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Reading Children’s Literature: A Critical Introduction – Second Edition

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Reading Children’s Literature: A Critical Introduction – Second Edition 1
CONTENTS 7
PREFACE 21
What Distinguishes this Book? 22
How this Book Is Organized 23
What’s New 25
INTRODUCTION FOR STUDENTS 29
Common Assumptions about Children’s Literature 29
What It Means to Read Critically 31
Why Read Children’s Literature Critically? 34
Chapter 1: Historicizing Childhood 43
Historical Models of Childhood 44
The Uncertain Boundaries of Childhood 60
Children’s Literature and the History of Childhood 66
Reading Critically: The History of Childhood 69
Explorations 72
Suggested Readings 76
Approaches to Teaching Anne of Green Gables 78
Chapter 2: The Early History of Children’s Literature 83
Questions of Definition 84
The “Birth” of Children’s Literature? 88
General-Audience and Crossover Works 90
Instructional Works and Didactic Literature 96
The Golden Age 101
Reading Critically: The History of Children’s Literature 107
Explorations 111
Suggested Readings 113
Approaches to Teaching Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 116
Chapter 3: Poetry 121
Nursery Rhymes, Verse, and Poetry 122
A History of Poetry for Children 123
Contemporary Poetry as a Reflection on Self and Other 134
An Expanded Canon 134
Poetry Picturebooks, Concrete Poetry, and Verse Novels 137
Children’s Popular Culture and Poetry 140
Poetry Written by Children 141
The Separate Tradition of Poetry for Children 142
Questions to Ask When Approaching a Poem for Children 143
Reading Critically: Poetry 149
Explorations 151
Suggested Readings 153
Approaches to Teaching “Escape at Bedtime" 155
Chapter 4: Fairy Tales 159
Definition of the Fairy Tale 160
Fairy Tales Worldwide 162
Fairy Tales and Ancient Myth 162
A History of the Literary Fairy Tale in the Western World 164
The Social Function of Fairy Tales 168
Fairy Tales and Unhappy Endings 169
Interpreting Fairy Tales 170
Queer Fairy Tales 175
Fairy Tales and Disability 176
Race in Disney’s Fairy Tale Films and Television 178
Race in Fairy Tales and Folk Tales 180
Reading Critically: Fairy Tales 182
Explorations 186
Suggested Readings 187
Approaches to Teaching “Little Red Riding Hood” 189
Chapter 5: Picturebooks, Graphic Novels, and Digital Texts 193
Defining the Picturebook 194
A History of Picturebooks 195
How Words and Images Relate 198
Artistic Choices in the Production of Picturebooks 200
Concerns about Picturebooks 206
New Frontiers for Visual Texts 208
Graphic Novels 209
Digital Media for Children 219
Reading Critically: Picturebooks 224
Explorations 227
Suggested Readings 228
Approaches to Teaching There Is a Bird on Your Head! 230
Chapter 6: Domesticity and Adventure 235
Defining Domesticity and Adventure 235
Domestic Fiction for Children 238
Adventure Fiction for Children 244
Hybridity: Domestic Adventures and Adventurous Domesticity 253
Questions of Audience: Boy and Girl Readers of Domestic Fiction and Adventure 254
Contemporary Domestic and Adventure Stories 256
Reading Critically: Domesticity and Adventure 261
Explorations 263
Suggested Readings 265
Approaches to Teaching Holes 267
Chapter 7: Historical Fiction 273
Defining the Historical Novel 273
Common Moments or Events in Historical Fiction for Children 275
Fiction versus History 283
Problems with Representing the Past 287
The Use of Afterwords, Authors’ Notes, and Epilogues 294
Reading Critically: Historical Fiction 298
Explorations 301
Suggested Readings 303
Approaches to Teaching Johnny Tremain 305
Chapter 8: Nonfiction—History, Science, Life Writing 311
Nonfiction and Informational Books: Some Distinctions 313
Conduct Literature 314
Life Writing: Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, Diaries 318
History Writing 323
Science and Discovery 327
Critical Issues in Nonfiction 330
Reading Critically: Nonfiction 338
Explorations 341
Suggested Readings 343
Approaches to Teaching We Are the Ship 345
Some Fiction–Nonfiction Pairs and Groups 348
Additional Resources 354