The Cambridge Companion to Childrens Literature (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
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Apart from an appendix with some lists of award winners, however, there's nothing in the Oxford Companion to assist browsing — here a resource like Wikipedia offers vastly more aid to serendipitous connection. The Routledge Companion appears to combine the Cambridge and Oxford approaches, with a first half consisting of eleven essays and a second half in encyclopedia format, also laid out in two columns.
There's also an eighteen page timeline. But it has remarkably little overlap with either, being largely focused on literary theory — to the point where it might more accurately have been titled The Routledge Companion to the Theory of Children's Literature. The approach in the essays is quite different to that of the Cambridge Companion , even though there are four contributors in common. And "Gender studies" is a survey of theories of gender as applied to children's literature, looking at feminist ideas and theories, gay and lesbian studies, gender performativity, queer theory, transgender studies, and masculinity studies.
Other essays are less meta-critical. And "Sidelines" surveys relatively neglected genres of children's literature such as autobiography, domestic and ephemeral works, the oral tradition, poetry and plays.
The other seven essays are "'Criticism is the theory of literature': theory is the criticism of literature", "Race, ethnicity and colonialism", "Narratology", "Realism", "Fantasy", "Young adult fiction and the crossover phenomenon", and "Picturebooks, comics and graphic novels". There's no room for any involved theory, but the style is fairly academic, as a quote will illustrate: "Picturebooks, as Arizpe and Styles , p.
This not only acknowledges the potential of the form but also indicates its key limitation in the perception of the audience, flagging up tensions between the flexibility of the medium and assumptions about the needs and capabilities of young readers.
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In both cases, then, cultural constructions of childhood especially in relation to literacy - for long an ideological battleground underpin and colour understandings of the medium. Here's an example from the essay on fantasy: Jackson, Rosemary Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion , New York: Methuen Jackson provides a comprehensive review of critical literature on fantasy, and then turns her focus to psychoanalytic perspectives.
Because her emphasis is on works that disturb the psyche and create dis-ease with the status quo, her work is more applicable to young adult fantasy than to children's fantasy, which she rather dismissively relegates to the less interesting category of 'the marvellous'.
The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature by M.O. Grenby
With entries in pages, the entries in the second half "Names and Terms" are all reasonably substantial, and I ended up reading most of them. They really only cover theoreticians and critics on the one hand and theories and theoretical terminology on the other. There are entries on modern scholars as well as older figures, on Homi K. Bhabha, Ruth B.