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Children's Literature: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends [Paperback]

Dr Heather Montgomery , Dr Nicola J. Watson
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26 Aug 2009 0230227147 978-0230227149
Children's Literature: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends provides students with high quality critical material on a selection of important classic and contemporary children's books. From Louisa May Alcott's Little Women to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to Melvin Burgess's Junk, each has been selected because they still find a favoured place on the bookshelves of today's children and because they are widely studied on university courses. These case studies explore children's literature across a variety of genres and ages, bringing together lively and accessible scholarly essays by leading scholars, some reprinted and others newly commissioned. The collection is supported by detailed introductory material, suggestions for further reading and a colour plate section reproducing covers and illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (26 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230227147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230227149
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Anyone wanting to trace the development of children's literature from the 1860s to the first decade of the 21st century will find an immensely rich source of insights in the meticulously researched text Children's Literature: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends.' - NATE Journal English Drama Media

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Provides students and teachers of Children's Literature with access to high quality critical material on the most widely studied classic and contemporary children's books

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3.0 out of 5 stars For students of literature only. 26 April 2014
I had to read this book for my English Literature degree - it's certainly not light reading or something you'd pick up for enjoyment, unless you're a glutton for punishment. There are some interesting articles contained within, but there are also some of the most turgid essays ever committed to paper, and some of the unsubstantiated theories are frankly bizarre - included in this volume is the essay in which a critic attempts to draw comparisons between Peter Rabbit and Lucifer in Milton's Paradise Lost! I'm not sure why anyone would actually be buying this book, as it's one of the textbooks for the OU's Children's Lit module and supplied with the course materials. For the curious, or non-students of literature there are more interesting and easier reads about children's books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars sufficient for my needs 27 Mar 2010
This is one of the books I had to read for my course and finally after reading it for months I have finished it. That sounds bad but I've been reading it since September but not cover to cover, only the bits that I needed to read for each part of the course, so now I've finally read it all. It has absolutely no reviews on amazon lol Not surprising as I don't think anyone is particularly impressed with the course materials this time around. I thought it was OK and useful enough for the course, along with the other course books. Some of the critic's opinions I don't agree with and some books were covered less than others and could have done with a few more essays. I give it 3.5 stars
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