Crosscurrents of Children's Literature An Anthology of Texts and Criticism

ISBN-10: 0195134931

ISBN-13: 9780195134933

Edition: 2006

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Does children's literature portray the authentic perspectives of children, or does it present the views of the adults who write, sell, and review the books? How does it demonstrate the ways in which perceptions of childhood have developed over the centuries? How are issues of censorship and freedom of speech brought to light in children's books? Addressing these and many other issues, Crosscurrents of Children's Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism is the only anthology of classic and contemporary readings in children's literature to combine primary works with related critical essays. Organized thematically around modern critical debates, the selections explore how children's literature integrates instruction and entertainment, oral and written traditions, realism and fantasy, words and pictures, classics and adaptations, and perspectives on childhood and adult life. Illuminating the rich diversity of children's literature studies, the book incorporates approaches from several different fields including psychology, education, history, cultural studies, and literary criticism. It spans a wide range of literary periods and genres, balancing contemporary and historical texts, excerpts and longer selections, traditional and nontraditional materials, and English and translated works. The volume includes Native American and African American writings and offers insights into a variety of cultural and ethnic traditions. It is enhanced by introductory essays, illustrations, an alternate table of contents organized by genre, a timeline, and a bibliography of critical works. An Instructor's Manual and a Website (http://crosscurrentsoup.org) provide additional helpful resources. Examining how literary forms and genres, diverse influences, and evolving attitudes toward childhood have shaped the field of children's literature, Crosscurrents of Children's Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism encourages students and other readers to challenge common assumptions about children, childhood, and children's books.
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List price: $95.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1080
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 4.598
Language: English

Alternate Table of Contents by Genre Preface "BOOK" by George Ella Lyon (b. 1949) PART 1. TO TEACH OR TO ENTERTAIN? C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) "On Three Ways of Writing for Children" Sheila Egoff (1918-2005) "Precepts, Pleasures, and Portents: Changing Emphases in Children's Literature" John Rowe Townsend (b. 1922) "Didacticism in Modern Dress" Aelfric (c. 955-c. 1010) "Carius est nobis flagellari pro doctrina quam nescire" Charles Perrault (1628-1703) "Little Red Riding-Hood" "The Master Cat, or Puss in Boots" "Blue Beard" Sarah Trimmer (1741-1810) "On the Care Which Is Requisite in the Choice of Books for Children" Review of The History of Little Goody Two Shoes Review of Nursery Tales Isaac Watts (1674-1748) "Against Idleness and Mischief" "The Sluggard" "Obedience to Parents" Robert Southey (1774-1843) "The Old Man's Comforts and How He Gained Them" Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849) "The Purple Jar" "The Birthday Present" Jane Taylor (1783-1824) "The Little Fisherman" Jane Taylor (1783-1824) and Ann Taylor Gilbert (1782-1866) Mary Botham Howitt (1799-1888) "The Spider and the Fly" Peter Parley (Samuel Griswold Goodrich, 1793-1860) "The Pleasure Boat: or, The Broken Promise" Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64) From A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls Tanglewood Play-Room The Paradise of Children Jacob Abbott (1803-79) "Notice to Parents" From Rollo Learning to Talk Feeding the Chickens The Dog in the Water The Great Black Bear Lewis Carroll (1832-98) From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Chapter 1. Down the Rabbit-Hole Chapter 2. The Pool of Tears Chapter 5. Advice from a Caterpillar Chapter 10. The Lobster Quadrille From Chapter 12. Alice's Evidence From Through the Looking Glass Chapter 4. Tweedledum and Tweedledee Louisa May Alcott (1832-88) From Little Women Chapter 8. Jo Meets Apollyon Mark Twain (1835-1910) From The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Chapter 12. Tom Shows His Generosity Elizabeth Enright (1909-68) From The Saturdays Saturday Two Beverly Cleary (b. 1916) From Ramona the Pest Chapter 1. Ramona's Great Day Gary Paulsen (b. 1939) From The Island R. L. Stine (b. 1943) From Be Careful What You Wish For . . . Floyd Cooper (b. 1956) Coming Home: From the Life of Langston Hughes Langston Hughes (1902-67) "Aunt Sue's Stories" "Mother to Son" Lucille Clifton (b. 1936) "Elevator" "Under the Rainbow" Further Recommended Reading C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Louise Fitzhugh (1928-74), Harriet the Spy PART 2. SUBJECTION OF THE CHILD OR SUBVERSION OF ADULT AUTHORITY? Alison Lurie (b. 1926) "A Child's Garden of Subversion" Marina Warner (b. 1946) "Little Angels, Little Monsters: Keeping Childhood Innocent" John Huddlestone Wynne (1743-88) "Of the Danger of Pleasure" William Wordsworth (1770-1850) "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood" Jacob Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859) "The Fro
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