Children's Literature (Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature)

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9780748622733: Children's Literature (Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature)

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.

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M.O. Grenby is Reader in Children's Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne

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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.

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