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Stories and Society : Children's Literature in Its Social Context - Dennis Butts

Stories and Society

Children's Literature in Its Social Context

By: Dennis Butts (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 1992
ISBN: 9780333522479
Number Of Pages: 143

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Children's literature did not suddenly appear as if by magic. It came into existence in printed form in the 18th century, though religious and instructional books had appeared earlier, and grew to fruition in Britain and America in the 19th century because of quite specific developments in society. The ideas of such men as John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau helped to change European perspectives on the nature of childhood, and to suggest that it had needs and values of its own. This book charts the development of books for children by examining factors such as the gradual spread of education from the later half of the 18th century onwards, first through the Sunday School Movement, and then through the faltering steps towards providing state education. Finally innovations in printing and publishing meant that it became possible to produce attractive books more cheaply for children. The combination of these several forces was irresistible and throughout the 19th century more and more books were published for children.

Notes on the Contributors - Introduction; D.Butts - THE ESSAYS - The School Story; J.Richards - Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War: Paranoia and Paradox; P.Nodelman - Home and Family: English and American Ideals in the Nineteenth Century; G.Avery - Louisa M.Alcott and Little Women; E.Keyser - The Adventure Story; D.Butts - Social Class and Educational Adventures: Jane Needle and the Biography of a Value; F.Inglis - Fantasy; C.W.Sullivan III - Winnie-the-Pooh and Domestic Fantasy; P.Hunt - The Dorothys of Oz: a Heroine's Unmaking; M.I.West - A Select Bibliography

ISBN: 9780333522479
ISBN-10: 0333522478
Series: Insights S
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 143
Published: 1st July 1992
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 0.94
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1