Aspects and Issues in the History of Children's Literature

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Maria Nikolajeva
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 207 pages
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The contributors to this collection of essays address children's literature as an art form, rather than an educational instrument, as has been the traditional approach. Scholars from 10 different countries present a variety of approaches to the history of children's literature, including views on sociological, semiotic, and intertextual models of its evolution. Other issues explored include influence and interaction between stories and their countries of origin. This strong presentation of international perspectives on children's literature will be a valuable resource for scholars of children's and comparative literature.

 

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Contents

The Historical Model of the Development of Childrens Literature
27
Writers Writing a Short History of Childrens Literature within
49
Germany and the Germans As Depicted in British Childrens
65
International Influence on the Nineteenth Century Finnish
97
Views on Childrens Literature in the Netherlands After 1880
115
Loss and Hope in the English
165
The Origin and Function of Laughter in Childrens Literature
183
Select Bibliography
191
About the Contributors
205
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MARIA NIKOLAJEVA is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Stockholm University where she teaches children's literature. She is the current president of the International Research Society for Children's Literature and author of The Magic Code: The Use of Magical Patterns in Fantasy for Children.

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