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 / £21.99
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.

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),



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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).