Philosophy in Children's Literature

ISBN-10: 0739184423

ISBN-13: 9780739184424

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This book allows philosophers, literary theorists, and education specialists to come together to offer a series of readings on works of children "s literature. Each of their readings is focused on pairing a particular, popular picture book or a chapter book with philosophical texts or themes. The book has three sections ”the first, on picturebooks; the second, on chapter books; and the third, on two sets of paired readings of two very popular picturebooks. By means of its three sections, the book sets forth as its goal to show how philosophy can be helpful in reappraising books aimed at children from early childhood on. Particularly in the third section, the book emphasizes how philosophy can help to multiply the type of interpretative stances that are possible when readers listen again to what they thought they knew so well.The kinds of questions this book raises are the following: How are children "s books already anticipating or articulating philosophical problems and discussions? How does children "s literature work by means of philosophical puzzles or language games? What do children "s books reveal about the existential situation the child reader faces? In posing and answering these kinds of questions, the readings within the book thus intersect with recent, developing scholarship in children "s literature studies as well as in the psychology and philosophy of childhood.
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List price: $32.95
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 354
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Claire Brown is assistant professor of philosophy at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.  Claire recently completed her dissertation on supererogation and virtue ethics at the University of Notre Dame.  She has broad interests in normative theory (esp. virtue ethics), metaethics, and philosophy of religion.Licia Carlson is associate professor of philosophy at Providence College. Her research interests include ethics and bioethics, feminist philosophy, contemporary French philosophy, and aesthetics. She is the co-editor of Cognitive Disability and Its Challenge to Moral Philosophy and her book, The Faces of Intellectual Disability: Philosophical Reflections was published in 2009. She is currently writing a book on music, philosophy and disability.Sarah Conly teaches in the Philosophy Department at Bowdoin College, in Brunswick Maine.  She was an undergraduate at Princeton, a graduate student at Cornell, and has also taught at the University of Michigan.  She enjoys children�s literature, kayaking, and hanging out with her dog. Peter Costello is associate professor of philosophy at Providence College. His research is centered in phenomenology, particularly focused on Husserl, Edith Stein, and Merleau-Ponty. He has written articles on phenomenology and both modernist literature and contemporary American drama. His book Layers in Husserl�s Phenomenology: On Meaning and Intersubjectivity is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press.Oona Eisenstadt is associate professor of religious studies and Fred Krinsky Chair of Jewish Studies at Pomona College.  She has published extensively on the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, and has also written on Derrida, Rosenzweig, Plato, Shakespeare, and J.K. Rowling.  She received her doctoral degree from McMaster University and, despite residency in California, remains a proud Canadian.Kirsten Jacobson is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Maine.  Professor Jacobson specializes in 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy and the philosophy of art.  Her research interests include the study of spatiality and the interpersonal significance of space, the nature of home and dwelling, and more generally, the philosophical significance and status of the phenomenological method.  Her published work has focused significantly on using the phenomenological arguments of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Martin Heidegger to conduct novel analyses of psychological and physiological illnesses ranging from spatial neglect to agoraphobia, and more generally to consider issues of"existential health."  In 2009, she created a philosophy outreach program called Philosophy Across the Ages, which brings together undergraduate philosophy students with local high school students and retirement community members for seminar-style discussions of accessible and exciting philosophical texts.Kelly Jones is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada where she divides her time between research, writing, teaching, and producing radio programs. Her research interests include 20th Century European philosophy, and the intersections of philosophy and literature, in particular. Kelly is very excited to welcome a child of her own, shortly, and is excited to read and re-read a wide swath of children's literature as a result.Lindsay Lerman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Philosophy Department at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. She currently lives in Northern Arizona, where she is completing her dissertation and creating a program with the Philosophy Department at Northern Arizona University to make philosophy a part of the curriculum in local elementary schools. Her work on Bataille�s concept of nonknowledge and its relation to mysticism will be featured in a forthcoming volume (from Inter-Disciplinary Press) on spirituality and the 21st century.Court Lewis teaches philosophy at Pellissippi State Technical Community College.  His research interests include et

Foreword
Introduction
Picture Books
Heidegger, Winnicott, and The Velveteen Rabbit: Anxiety, Toys, and the Drama of Metaphysics
Slave Morality in The Rainbow Fish
Absolutely Positively Feeling that Way and More: Paradoxes of Fiction and Judith Viorst's Alexander Stories
Are You My Mother? Finding the Self in (M)others
Horton Hears Badiou!: Ethics and an Understanding of Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who!
Mapping Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of 101 Harris Burdick
Silverstein's Missing Pieces: Lessons in Love and Incompleteness
Is Arthur's Anger Reasonable?
Gift-Giving, Waiting, and Walking: The (Non-)Reciprocal, (Im-)Possible Apprenticeship of Frog and Toad
Chapter Books
Word Play, Language-Games, and Unfair Labels in Beverly Cleary's Ramona the Pest
The Things That Are Not among the Things There Are to Do: Harriet the Spy and Maurice Blanchot's Passivity
Intelligence and Utopia in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
The Cricket in Times Square: Crickets, Compassion, and the Good Life
Pollyanna, Moral Sainthood, and Childhood Ideals
Multiple Avenues of Criticism
The Giving Tree and Environmental Philosophy: Listening to Deep Ecology, Feminism, and Trees
The Giving Tree, Women, and the Great Society
King of the Wild Things: Children and the Passionate Attachments of the Anthropological Machine
Lovingly Impolite
Index
About the Authors
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