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International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature


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1 Introduction: Definitions, Themes, Changes, Attitudes

Margaret Meek

2 Internationalism, the Universal Child and the World of Children's Literature

Emer O'Sullivan


3 Theorising and Theories: The Conditions of Possibility of Children's Literature

David Rudd

4 Criticism and the Critical Mainstream

Deborah Cogan Thacker

5 Critical Tradition and Ideological Positioning

Charles Sarland

6 History and Culture

Tony Watkins

7 Linguistics and Stylistics

John Stephens

8 Reader-Response Criticism

Michael Benton

9 Psychoanalytical Criticism

Hamida Bosmajian

10 Feminism Revisited

Lissa Paul

11 Picture Books and Illustration

Perry Nodelman

12 Narrative Theory and Children's Literature

Maria Nikolajeva

13 Intertextuality and the Child Reader

Christine Wilkie-Stibbs

14 Comparative Children's Literature

Emer O'Sullivan

15 Bibliography

Matthew Grenby


16 Ancient and Medieval Children's Texts

Gillian Adams

17 Texts In English Used by Children, 1550-1800

Margaret Evans

18 Myth and Legend

Maurice Saxby

19 Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

Ruth B. Bottigheimer

20 Playground Rhymes and the Oral Tradition

Iona Opie

21 Children's Rhymes and Folklore: Contemporary and Comparative Approaches

Andy Arleo

22 Catechistical, Devotional and Biblical Writing

Ruth B. Bottigheimer

23 Contemporary Religious Writing

Rita Ghesquiere

24 The Development of Illustrated Texts and Picture Books

Joyce Irene Whalley

25 The Picture-Book: Modern and Postmodern

Michele Anstey and Geoff Bull

26 Shaping Boyhood: British Empire Builders and Adventurers

Dennis Butts

27 Childhood, Didacticism and the Gendering of British Children's Literature

Christine Wilkie-Stibbs

28 Popular Literature: Comics, Dime Novels, Pulps and Penny Dreadfuls

Denis Gifford

29 Contemporary Comics

Katia Pizzi

30 Poetry

Morag Styles

31 Animal Stories

Simon Flynn

32 High Fantasy

C. W. Sullivan III

33 Domestic Fantasy: Real Gardens with Imaginary Toads

Louisa Smith

34 The Family Story

Gillian Avery

35 School Stories

Sheila Ray

36 Pony Books

Alison Haymonds

37 Historical Fiction

Janet Fisher

38 War

Carol Fox and Peter Hunt

39 Horror

Victoria de Rijke

40 Science Fiction

Jessica Yates

41 Series Fiction

Victor Watson

42 Teenage Fiction: Realism, Romances, Contemporary Problem Novels

Julia Eccleshare

43 Crossover Literature

Rachel Falconer

44 Writers for Adults, Writers for Children

Marian Allsobrook

45 Metafictions and Experimental Work

Robyn McCallum

46 Drama

Susanne Greenhalgh

47 Story-telling

Mary Medlicott

48 Children's Information Texts

Margaret Mallett


49 Children's Book Design

Douglas Martin

50 Children's Book Publishing

Lisa Rowe Fraustino

51 Reviewing and Scholarly Journals

Gillian Adams with Sheila Ray

52 Censorship

Mark I. West

53 Awards and Award-Winners

Keith Barker with Christine Wilkie-Stibbs

54 Television

David Buckingham

55 Film

Ian Wojcik-Andrews

56 Libraries, Research Collections and Museums

Karen Nelson Hoyle

57 What the Authors Tell Us

Peter Hunt


58 Teaching Fiction

Nikki Gamble

59 Reading and Literacy

Sally Yates

60 Selecting Books for Younger Readers

Colin Mills and Jean Webb

61 Teaching Children's Literature in Higher Education

Pamela Knights

62 Publishing for Special Needs

Beverley Mathias

63 Librarianship

Thomas van der Walt

64 Bibliotherapy and Psychology

Hugh Crago

65 Creative Writing for Children - a Practical Approach

Andrew Melrose


66 The World of Children's Literature: An Introduction

Sheila Ray

67 Culture and Developing Countries

Anne Pellowski

68 Children's Literature Organisations: An International Overview

Kimberley Reynolds

69 Postcolonialism: Originating Difference

Roderick McGillis

70 Translating for Children: Theory

Riitta Oittinen

71 Translating for Children: Practice

Ronald Jobe

72 Africa

African Children's Literature: an Overview

Philomena Osazee Fayose

French-speaking Africa

Marie Laurentin

English-Speaking Africa

Jay Heale

73 Arabic Children's Literature

Taghreed Alqudsi-Ghabra

74 Australia

Rosemary Ross Johnston

75 Austria

Karin Haller

76 The Baltic Countries

Kestutis Urba

77 Belgium

Vanessa Joosen

78 Brazil

Laura Sandroni

79 Canada

Canadian Children's Literature in English

Mavis Reimer

Children's Literature in Quebec and French-speaking Canada

Suzanne Pouliot

80 The Caribbean (English-Speaking)

Sheila Ray

81 China

Laina Ho

82 Czech Republic

Nadezda Sieglova

83 Eastern Europe: Bulgaria, Poland, Romania,

Sheila Ray

84 France

Jean Perrot

85 Germany

German Children's Literature from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Century

Hans-Heino Ewers

The German Democratic Republic

Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff

86 Greece

From the Beginnings to 1945

Vassilis D. Anagnostopoulos

From 1945 to the Present

Tassoula Tsilimeni

87 Hungary

Katalin Nun

88 The Indian Sub-Continent

Manorama Jafa

89 Iran

Morteza Khosronejad

90 Ireland

Valerie Coghlan

91 Italy

Laura Kreyder

92 Japan

Teruo Jinguh

93 Jewish-Hebrew, Hebrew, and Israeli

Yael Darr and Zohar Shavit

94 Korean

Ho-Kyung Kim

95 Mexico and Central America

Evelyn Arizpe

96 Mongolia

Sheila Ray

97 The Netherlands

Anne de Vries

98 New Zealand

Betty Gilderdale

99 The Nordic Countries

Boel Westin

100 Portugal

Francesca Blockeel and Jose Antonio Gomes

101 Russia

Ben Hellman

102 Slovak Republic

Zuzana Stanislavova

103 Slovenia

Milena Mileva Blazic

104 South American and Spanish-Speaking Caribbean Countries

Maria Beatriz Medina and Olga Garcia Larralde

105 South East Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Sheila Ray

106 South East Europe

Milena Mileva Blazic

107 Spain

Carmen Garcia Surralles, and Antonio Moreno Verdulla

108 Switzerland

Verena Rutschmann

109 Taiwan

Mieke Desmet and Ming Cherng Duh

110 Turkey

Fatih Erdoayan

111 United Kingdom

British Children's Literature: An Historical Overview

John Rowe Townsend


Lindsey Fraser


Menna Lloyd Williams

112 The USA: An Historical Overview

Jerry Griswold


Ambitious in scope, this compilation of essays encompasses critical theory, history, world production of children's books, and practical aspects of li- brarianship and teaching. Some pieces are informative and thought-provoking; others are pompous, strangely incomplete, and sometimes misleading. More interpretive than other single-volume companions, it offers diverse views on subjects of literary theory. Even essays on book awards, children's magazines, and information books reflect each writer's political and literary bent. Many entries seem curiously out-of-date, with little reference to books or developments since the early 1980s. Though the emphasis is decidedly British, many articles refer to U.S. parallels or influences, and the volume includes several American and Canadian contributors. The analytical perspective and source lists in each entry will appeal to those with an academic interest in children's book publishing around the world. Though lengthy, the index is frustratingly incomplete. ‘Margaret Bush, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College

'More than a "companion," Hunt's set is a comprehensive overview of children's literature, written by scholars and covering the important topics in children's literature ... No recent reference contains so much ... Highly recommended.' - Choice

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