Children's Literature: Criticism and the Fictional Child is an original and lucid study of the figure of the 'child' as it is presented in the rapidly expanding field of the criticism of children's literature. The book argues that in fact this same body of criticism - through often contradictory versions of the 'child' - reveals the realm of 'childhood' as one constructed by adult critics. Karin Lesnik-Oberstein demonstrates that both this criticism and the texts it studies are underpinned by the narratives of the liberal arts' educational ideals and their attendant socio-political and personal ideologies.
The author sets literary discussion into the context of current wider debates about childhood psychology and psychotherapy. This lively polemic represents a significant rethinking of 'childhood' and approaches to children's literature.
`This book is exhaustively researched and meticulously documented'
'This compact book is the contribution of an Oxford don to the rapidly expanding field of criticsm in children's literature.'
Frank Warren. School Library
`a book which is on the whole both scholarly and thought-provoking'
|Issues in Children's Literature Criticism||p. 1|
|On Knowing the Child: Stories of Origin and Hierarchical Systems||p. 37|
|On Knowing the Child: Stories of Origin and the Education-Amusement Divide||p. 69|
|On Knowing the Child: The Terms of Children's Literature Criticism||p. 100|
|On Not Knowing the Child: Children's Literature Criticism and Adult Literary Theory||p. 131|
|The Reading Child and Other Children: The Psychoanalytic Child and Psychoanalytic Space||p. 165|
|A Consideration of some Theoretical Issues in Psychotherapy||p. 165|
|On Ways of Hearing and Seeing Patients in some Cases of Child Psychotherapy||p. 195|
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Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 5th May 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 14.43
Weight (kg): 0.48