International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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Peter Hunt, Sheila G. Bannister Ray
Routledge, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 923 pages
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This encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of children's literature from a multitude of perspectives. Substantial essays cover a range of genres, critical and theoretical approaches, historical and institutional contexts, readerships and national traditions. Rather than a monolithic editorial view, the work encourages a number of critical approaches, ensuring that every facet of a complex and growing subject is treated critically and in depth. The work is divided into five sections: theory and critical approaches - including politics, ideology, psychoanalytical criticism, linguistics and feminism; types and genres - including folk tales, animal stories, religious writing, fantasy, science-fiction, adventure stories, poetry, drama, comics, picture books, historical fiction and school stories; the context of children's literature - including publishing, journals, libraries, prizes, media, design, translation and censorship; and applications of children's literature - such as teaching, literacy, librarianship, courses, therapy, teenagers and the handicapped.

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About the author (1996)

Peter Hunt is Reader in English at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He has lectured on children's literature at nearly sixty universities worldwide. His books include Criticism, Theory and Children's Literature (Blackwell, 1991), An Introduction to Children's Literature (Oxford University Press, 1994), and six books for children. He is the editor of Children's Literature: The Development of Criticism (Routledge, 1990), Literature for Children: Contemporary Criticism (Routledge, 1992), and Children's Literature: an Illustrated History (Oxford University Press, 1995).

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