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Reading the Child in Children's Literature

An Heretical Approach

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An essential text that provides students with a dynamic, sophisticated and controversial look at the critical representation of the child in children's literature, arguing for a more open and eclectic approach: one that...

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An essential text that provides students with a dynamic, sophisticated and controversial look at the critical representation of the child in children's literature, arguing for a more open and eclectic approach: one that celebrates the diverse power, appeal and possibilities of children's literature. Drawing on psychoanalytically informed perspectives, David Rudd shows students how theory can be both exciting and liberating.

This is a thought-provoking supplementary text for modules on Children’s Literature or Literary Theory which may be offered at the upper levels of an undergraduate Literature degree. In addition it is a stimulating resource for advanced students who may be studying children’s literature or literary theory as part of a taught postgraduate degree in Literature.

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  • Offers a new and exciting theoretical approach to the study of children's literature which will encourage lively debate in the classroom
  • Provides fresh and stimulating close readings of key texts, ranging from established classics - such as Alice in WonderlandPeter Pan and Winnie-the-Pooh - to more modern works, including novels (Peter Pan in Scarlet and The Children's Book) and picture books (Zoo, The Missing Piece and Where the Wild Things Are)
  • Author is a leading expert in the field
  • Contains illustrations, Glossary and Bibliography to aid learning

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Note on the Text
Introduction: An Energetics of Children's Literature
PART I: THE IMAGINARY
1. Many Happy Returns: To Freud, to Rose, the Child and its Literature
2. Peter Pan and the Riddle of Existence
PART II: THE SYMBOLIC
3. Holes and Pores: Slipping Between the Cracks of Social Criticism
4. Hiding in the Light: Perry Nodelman and the Hidden Adult
PART III: THE REAL
5. Home Sweet Home and the Uncanny: Freud, Alice and the Curious Child
PART IV: RSI
6. Fantasy and Realism Contained: From Fortunatus' Cap to the Mobius Strip
7. The Children's Book Not Suitable for Children?
Coda
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index.

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David Rudd is Professor of Children's Literature at the University of Bolton, UK.

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David Rudd is Professor of Children's Literature at the University of Bolton, UK.

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