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Reading Series Fiction : From Arthur Ransome to Gene Kemp - Victor Watson

Reading Series Fiction

From Arthur Ransome to Gene Kemp

Hardcover Published: 17th August 2000
ISBN: 9780415227018
Number Of Pages: 240

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This book investigates the 'series' in children's literature. The works of several well-known children's authors - UK and the US, traditional and contemporary - are analyzed, and using these examples, the book explores the special nature and appeal of series writing for children. As well as providing an historical overview of the series, the author raises important questions about the nature of literary criticism applied to children's literature.

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"This is a refreshingly original for children's literary studies, being one of the first to look in detail at a surprisingly neglected phenomenon: series fiction.Watson's writing is always exciting, not only for its insights but also for the graceful way in which he expresses them, often recreating the frisson of the ideas themselves.." -Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 2001

List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introduction: a room full of friendsp. 1
Innocence aboard: Swallows and Amazonsp. 11
A fellowship of innocencep. 13
The storm before the calmp. 33
Nancy Blackett--champion of goodnessp. 52
Series galorep. 71
Camping and tramping fiction, 1920-1960p. 73
The great Nanny-Narrator and the children of the Warp. 84
Malcolm Saville: the price paidp. 101
Fantasyp. 117
The Borrowers: brief encounters and a little airp. 119
Watching passionately: Lucy Boston and the Green Knowe seriesp. 135
The sun inside the window, shining out: The Dark Is Rising quintetp. 153
In and out of schoolp. 171
Jane Austen has gone missingp. 173
The various voices of Gene Kempp. 190
Conclusion: an invisible excellencep. 205
Notesp. 214
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780415227018
ISBN-10: 0415227011
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 17th August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1

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