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The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in Englishby Jack Zipes
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The Norton Anthology of Children's Literaturecelebrates the richness and variety of over 350 years of literary works for children. This groundbreaking anthology includes 170 authors and illustrators of alphabets and animal fables, fairy tales and fantasy, picture books and nursery verse, among many other genres. Here readers will find beloved works by Charles Perrault, Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie, L. M. Montgomery, and Dr. Seuss along with historical classics; The New-England Primerand Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses; and major voices from the multicultural and global contemporary scene. Over 40 longer complete works and over 400 illustrations, including 60 in color, enhance this comprehensive and visually rich anthology. With introductions that offer fresh insights into the cultural contexts of children's literature and childhood itself over four centuries, author headnotes, annotations, bibliographies, and a timeline,The Norton Anthology of Children's Literatureilluminates a literary tradition whose power to instruct and delight is both centuries old and startlingly new. Slipcased paperback original.
Comprehensive and visually rich, this new Norton Anthology, in a beautiful slipcased gift edition, traces the remarkable innovation and enduring pleasures of children's literature.
The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature brings together the work of 170 writers and illustrators, tracing the historical development of genres and traditions over 350 years of children’s literature in English. Drawing on new scholarship exploring the social and cultural contexts of children’s literature, this flexible core anthology provides a teachable collection for a wide range of courses—the historical survey and period courses; theme- or topic-based courses; and interdisciplinary courses.
About the Author
Jack Zipes (Ph.D. Columbia University) is a Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work on children's literature, he is an award-winning storyteller in public schools and has worked with various children's theaters. His major publications include Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter (2000), Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry (1997), Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale (1994), The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World (1988), and Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: The Classical Genre for Children and the Process of Civilization (1983).Lissa Paul (Ph.D. York University) is a professor of education at Brock University. She is the author of Reading Otherways (1998), which was a finalist for the F. Harvey Darton Award for historical criticism. Her work on children's literature has appeared in Signal, The Children's Literature Association Quarterly, and The Horn Book, among others, and she is a co-editor of the children's literature journal The Lion and the Unicorn.Lynne Vallone (Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo) is a professor of English at Texas A&M University, where she teaches children's and young adult literature. She is the author of Becoming Victoria (2001) and Disciplines of Virtue: Girls' Culture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1995) and the co-editor of Virtual Gender: Fantasies of Subjectivity and Embodiment (1999) and The Girl's Own: Cultural Histories of the Anglo-American Girl, 1830-1915 (1994).Peter Hunt (Ph.D. University of Wales) is a professor of English at Cardiff University, the first specialist in children's literature to be so appointed in a British university. He is the editor of Blackwell Guides to Literature: Children's Literature (2000), Children's Literature: An Anthology, 1801-1903 (2000), and An Introduction to Children's Literature (1994), as well as nine other books on the subject. His works of fiction include A Step off the Path (1985), Backtrack (1986), and Fay Cow and the Missing Milk (1989).Gillian Avery is a historian of children's literature based in Oxford. She is the author of Childhood's Pattern (1975) and Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books, 1621-1922 (1994), as well as co-editor of Children and their Books (1989) and Representations of Childhood Death (2000). She was chairman of the Children's Books History Society from 1987 to 1990.
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