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Studies in Children's Literature,1500-2000 free pdf Ranging from the fundamental question, whether a children's literature is possible, or what its formal and contextual parameters might be, to the exigent issues of contemporary cultural studies - postcolonialism, gender, race and class - this essay collection inserts children's literature into literary, theoretical and historical debate. From English renaissance children's reading, it shifts to Shaw's Castle Blair, an ambivalent metaphor for a nineteenth-century Ireland seeking postcolonial self-determination, and a study of wild Irish girls' civilising education in England in De Horne Vaizey's and Meade's novels. The book interrogates Hodgson Burnett's obsessions with childhood innocence and her problematic adult-child relationships- the golliwog transformed from a transgressive figure into a non-PC icon- and schoolboys from the Jennings series and Greyfriars to Huck Finn and Harry Potter. Blyton, Dillon, Frost, Lynch, Parkinson, Ransome, Thomas, and Whelan come under scrutiny, as does the link between food, class, national heritage, and innocence. How Frost's and Thomas's stories reflect evolving conceptions of childhood is scrutinised. Unpublished archival material complicates assumptions about Patricia Lynch and Talbot Press children's religious publications. Dillon's 'nativist' novels display transitional stages of post-colonialisation, and Whelan's and Parkinson's historiography is contrasted.

About Celia Keenan

Celia Keenan is Children's Literature MA Director, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. Mary Thompson is also based in the same college where she's Research Coordinator. Both have written extensively on children's literature and education.

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Author : Celia Keenan
Publisher : Four Courts Press Ltd
Data Published : 17 June 2004
ISBN : 1851828532
EAN : 9781851828531
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 240 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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