Keywords for Children’s Literature

9780814758557: Paperback
Release Date: 13th June 2011

9780814758892: PDF
Release Date: 13th June 2011

Dimensions: 203 x 203

Number of Pages: 293

Series Keywords

NYU Press

Keywords for Children’s Literature

Edited by
Philip Nel
Lissa Paul
Paperback / £20.99
PDF / £25.00

The study of children’s literature and culture has been experiencing a renaissance, with vital new work proliferating across many areas of interest. Mapping this vibrant scholarship, Keywords for Children’s Literature presents 49 original essays on the essential terms and concepts of the field. From Aesthetics to Young Adult, an impressive, multidisciplinary cast of scholars explores the vocabulary central to the study of children's literature.

Following the growth of his or her word, each author traces its branching uses and meanings, often into unfamiliar disciplinary territories: Award-winning novelist Philip Pullman writes about Intentionality, Education expert Margaret Meek Spencer addresses Reading, literary scholar Peter Hunt historicizes Children’s Literature, Psychologist Hugh Crago examines Story, librarian and founder of the influential Child_Lit litserv Michael Joseph investigates Liminality. The scope, clarity, and interdisciplinary play between concepts make this collection essential reading for all scholars in the field. In the spirit of Raymond Williams’ seminal Keywords, this book is a snapshot of a vocabulary of children’s literature that is changing, expanding, and ever unfinished.

 1 Aesthetics 
 2 African American 
 3 Audience 
 4 Body 
 5 Boyhood 
 6 Censorship 
 7 Character 
 8 Childhood 
 9 Children’s Literature 
 10 Class 
 11 Classic 
 12 Crossover Literature 
 13 Culture 
 14 Domestic  
 15 Education 
 16 Empire 
 17 Fantasy 
 18 Gender 
 19 Girlhood
 20 Golden Age 
 21 Graphic Novel 
 22 Home 
 23 Identity 
 24 Ideology 
 25 Image 
26 Innocence 
 27 Intention 
 28 Latino/a 
 29 Liminality 
 30 Literacy 
 31 Marketing 
 32 Modernism  
 33 Multicultural 
 34 Nature 
 35 Nonsense 
 36 Picture Book 
 37 Popular 
 38 Postcolonial 
 39 Postmodernism 
 40 Queer 
 41 Race 
 42 Reading 
 43 Realism 
 44 Science Fiction  
 45 Story 
 46 Theory 
 47 Tomboy 
 48 Voice 
 49 Young Adult 
 Works Cited 
 About the Contributors 

Philip Nel is Professor of English and Director of Kansas State University’s Program in Children’s Literature. His most recent books are Tales for Little Rebels (NYU Press, 2008, co-edited with Julia Mickenberg), The Annotated Cat (2007), and Dr. Seuss: American Icon (2004).

Lissa Paul is Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. She is the author of Reading Otherways (1998), The Children’s Book Business: Lessons from the Long Eighteenth Century (2011), and Associate General Editor of The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature (2005).

"This book presents 49 thoughtful essays based on various concepts pertaining to children's literature, including genres, literary theories, and the history of children's literature...This volume will be very useful, especially for colleges and universities with children's literature programs. Highly recommended." -J. Stevens,Choice

"Even the most sophisticated scholars will enjoy seeing how their colleagues achieve the feat of crafting such delicious distillations within the given space constraints. This book is a monumental achievement."-Claudia Mills,Children's Literature Association

"Overall, this volume succeeds quite well in focusing attention on how we discuss children's literature. The 49 essays are models of thoughtful inquiry into words we frequently use, often without considering how they have been transformed over time." -Myra Zarnowski,Teachers College Record

“By distilling the complex uses of its core terms, the contributors to Keywords for Children's Literature have produced an indispensable handbook for scholars in this dynamic field.”-Donald E. Pease,author of Theodor SEUSS Geisel

Keywords for Children's Literature demonstrates how sophisticated the critical approaches to the burgeoning field of children's literature have become. Not only do the essays on keywords, written by some of the most capable professors in the field, elaborate important concepts in the history of children's literature, but they cover significant cultural debates and discussions. This superb volume of scholarship demonstrates—definitively—that adult literature cannot be understood without grasping its roots in children's literature.” -Jack Zipes,University of Minnesota