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Radical children's literature : future visions and aesthetic transformations in juvenile fiction / Kimberley Reynolds.

By: Reynolds, Kimberley.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010Description: xi, 215 str. : ilustr. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780230239371.Subject(s): Litteratur och politik | Barn- och ungdomslitteratur -- historia | Children's literature -- Political aspects | Children's literature -- Social aspects | Children's literature studies: general | Literature | Politics and literature | radikalna dječja književnost | politika i književnost | dječja književnost društveni aspekt | dječja književnost politički aspekt
Contents:
Breaking Bounds: The Transformative Energy of Children's Literature -- Breaking the Frame: Picturebooks, Modernism, and New Media -- And None of It Was Nonsense -- Useful Idiots: Interactions Between Youth Culture and Children's Literature -- Self-harm, Silence, and Survival: Despair and Trauma in Children's Literature -- Baby, You're the Best: Sex and Sexuality in Contemporary Juvenile Fiction -- Frightening Fiction: The Transformative Power of Fear -- Back to the Future? New Forms and Formats in Juvenile Fiction -- Conclusion: The Foundations of Future Fictions.
Summary: This book reappraises the place of children's literature, showing it to be a creative space where writers and illustrators try out new ideas about books, society, and narratives in an age of instant communication and multi-media. It looks at the stories about the world and young people; the interaction with changing childhoods and new technologies. This book is designed to challenge the view that children's literature is innately conservative - that it lags behind writing for adults. By looking at a range of texts, past and present, it shows that children's literature is in fact a playground in which radical and innovative texts are devised. Developments in children's literature have not gone uncontested, particularly when a controversial children's book also wins a major literary prize. But to date there has been no focused examination of how far conventional boundaries have been breached in children's literature, or what it means that the boundaries between writing for adults and children are increasingly blurred. Neither has the cultural debt owed to children's literature as a source of innovation and assimilation of new ideas in writing, illustration and narrative experimentation been acknowledged. Radical Children's Literature begins this process by exploring how writing for children redirects the way in which genres, texts and new technologies interact creatively with childhood and youth culture.Review: 'Radical Children's Fiction is a long overdue rethinking of the status of children's fiction, showing that it is not the cosy, outdated backwater that some earlier critics have suggested. Rather, it is vibrant and multiform, often cutting-edge and subversive. Covering a huge geographical and historical range, Reynolds examines both traditional and less traditional literary forms (visual media, computer games, fan fiction etc), effortlessly combining insightful close readings with an enviable theoretical acumen. This book is destined to become a classic in the field.' -- Dr David Rudd, University of Bolton, UK '[A] groundbreaking study!The wide range of texts discussed and the new insights offered into the interplay of children's literature with childhood and youth culture will make this book an indispensable study for children's literature scholars' - Claudia Soffner, Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature 'As Kimberley Reynolds begins by explaining, children's books are often much bigger inside than out. Their effects on the individual reader can be radically transformative over time, but so far, children's literature criticism has had very little to say about these uniquely transformative powers. Reynolds writes with persuasive authority and unsurpassed depth of knowledge both about the history of children's literature and about the rich diversity of literature being produced for children today. Best of all is the invigorating new approach she brings to the subject: here, we discover how children's literature has been, and continues to be, at the vanguard of radical experimentation in art. New narrative forms, new ways of combining the verbal and the visual, vigorous exploitation of new technologies: all these characterise the history and the current production of children's literature. This masterly study should provide the impetus for a new generation of children's literature scholars to approach the subject with an enriched understanding of its complexity and seriousness.' -- Dr Rachel Falconer, University of Sheffield, UK 'It is an ambitious study!the author lucidly makes her case and supplies an abundance of examples and quotations in its support.' -- Mary Cadogan, Children's Books History Society.
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Bibliografija: str. 193-207. - Kazalo

Breaking Bounds: The Transformative Energy of Children's Literature -- Breaking the Frame: Picturebooks, Modernism, and New Media -- And None of It Was Nonsense -- Useful Idiots: Interactions Between Youth Culture and Children's Literature -- Self-harm, Silence, and Survival: Despair and Trauma in Children's Literature -- Baby, You're the Best: Sex and Sexuality in Contemporary Juvenile Fiction -- Frightening Fiction: The Transformative Power of Fear -- Back to the Future? New Forms and Formats in Juvenile Fiction -- Conclusion: The Foundations of Future Fictions.

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This book reappraises the place of children's literature, showing it to be a creative space where writers and illustrators try out new ideas about books, society, and narratives in an age of instant communication and multi-media. It looks at the stories about the world and young people; the interaction with changing childhoods and new technologies. This book is designed to challenge the view that children's literature is innately conservative - that it lags behind writing for adults. By looking at a range of texts, past and present, it shows that children's literature is in fact a playground in which radical and innovative texts are devised. Developments in children's literature have not gone uncontested, particularly when a controversial children's book also wins a major literary prize. But to date there has been no focused examination of how far conventional boundaries have been breached in children's literature, or what it means that the boundaries between writing for adults and children are increasingly blurred. Neither has the cultural debt owed to children's literature as a source of innovation and assimilation of new ideas in writing, illustration and narrative experimentation been acknowledged. Radical Children's Literature begins this process by exploring how writing for children redirects the way in which genres, texts and new technologies interact creatively with childhood and youth culture.

'Radical Children's Fiction is a long overdue rethinking of the status of children's fiction, showing that it is not the cosy, outdated backwater that some earlier critics have suggested. Rather, it is vibrant and multiform, often cutting-edge and subversive. Covering a huge geographical and historical range, Reynolds examines both traditional and less traditional literary forms (visual media, computer games, fan fiction etc), effortlessly combining insightful close readings with an enviable theoretical acumen. This book is destined to become a classic in the field.' -- Dr David Rudd, University of Bolton, UK '[A] groundbreaking study!The wide range of texts discussed and the new insights offered into the interplay of children's literature with childhood and youth culture will make this book an indispensable study for children's literature scholars' - Claudia Soffner, Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature 'As Kimberley Reynolds begins by explaining, children's books are often much bigger inside than out. Their effects on the individual reader can be radically transformative over time, but so far, children's literature criticism has had very little to say about these uniquely transformative powers. Reynolds writes with persuasive authority and unsurpassed depth of knowledge both about the history of children's literature and about the rich diversity of literature being produced for children today. Best of all is the invigorating new approach she brings to the subject: here, we discover how children's literature has been, and continues to be, at the vanguard of radical experimentation in art. New narrative forms, new ways of combining the verbal and the visual, vigorous exploitation of new technologies: all these characterise the history and the current production of children's literature. This masterly study should provide the impetus for a new generation of children's literature scholars to approach the subject with an enriched understanding of its complexity and seriousness.' -- Dr Rachel Falconer, University of Sheffield, UK 'It is an ambitious study!the author lucidly makes her case and supplies an abundance of examples and quotations in its support.' -- Mary Cadogan, Children's Books History Society.

KIMBERLEY REYNOLDS is Professor of Children's Literature in the School of English at Newcastle University, UK, and President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature. Previously she founded and directed the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton University, UK. Her publications span historical, theoretical and contemporary aspects of the field.

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