Frontiers in American Children s Literature

Author: Dorothy Clark
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443887977
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Frontiers in American Children's Literature is a groundbreaking work by both established and emerging scholars in the fields of children's literature criticism, history, and education. It offers 18 essays which explore and critically examine the expanding canon of American children's books against the backdrop of a social history comprised of a deep layering of trauma and struggle, redefining what equality and freedom mean. The book charts new ground in how children's literature is telling stories of historical trauma--the racial violence of American slavery, the Mexican Repatriation Act, and the oppression and violence against African Americans in light of such murders as in the AME Mother Emmanuel Church and the shooting of Michael Brown. This new frontier explores how truth telling about racism, oppression, and genocide communicates with the young about violence and freedom in literature, transforming harsh truths into a moral vision. Frontiers in American Children's Literature will be an instant classic for fans of children's and adolescent literature, American literature, cultural studies, and students of literature in general, as well as teachers and prospective teachers, and anyone with an interest in art history, graphic novels, and picture book art, African American and American Indian literature, and the digital humanities and new media. Authors and artists covered in these essays include M.T. Anderson, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ellen Hopkins, Naomi Wolf, Ann Rinaldi, Louise Erdrich, Eloise McGraw, Russell Hoban, Lynd Ward, Paolo Bacigalupi, Patricia Polacco, Edward Gorey, Eric Gansworth, and Peter Sis, among others. Essayists examine their subjects' most provocative works on the topics of realistic depictions of slavery, oppression, and trauma, and the triumph of truth in storytelling over these experiences. From The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing to The Birchbark House, from the graphic novel to picture books and the digital humanities in teaching and reading, there is something for everyone in this collection. Contributors include leaders in the fields of literature and education, such as the award-winning Katherine Capshaw and Anastasia Ulanowicz. Margaret Noodin, poet and leader in American Indian scholarship and education, leads the essays on American Indian children's literature, while Steven Herb, Director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, offers an insider's view of Caldecott Medal awardee Lynn Ward.

Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature

Author: Verity Smith
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135314241
Format: PDF, ePub
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A comprehensive, encyclopedic guide to the authors, works, and topics crucial to the literature of Central and South America and the Caribbean, the Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature includes over 400 entries written by experts in the field of Latin American studies. Most entries are of 1500 words but the encyclopedia also includes survey articles of up to 10,000 words on the literature of individual countries, of the colonial period, and of ethnic minorities, including the Hispanic communities in the United States. Besides presenting and illuminating the traditional canon, the encyclopedia also stresses the contribution made by women authors and by contemporary writers. Outstanding Reference Source Outstanding Reference Book

Making Americans

Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 1609381920
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Making Americans is a study of a time when the authors and illustrators of children's books consciously set their eyes on national and international sights, with the hope of bringing the next generation into a full sense of citizenship. Schmidt examines the literature for young people published during a momentous period in our nation's past, and documents in detail its role as an instrument of nation-building and social reform. A thought-provoking contribution to our understanding of children's books as cultural transmitters and transformers.

Representing Children in Chinese and U S Children s Literature

Author: Ms Rebecca Morris
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1472424239
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Bringing together children’s literature scholars from China and the United States, this collection provides an introduction to the scope and goals of a field characterized by active but also distinctive scholarship in two countries with very different rhetorical traditions. The volume’s five sections highlight the differences between and overlapping concerns of Chinese and American scholars, as they examine children’s literature with respect to cultural metaphors and motifs, historical movements, authorship, didacticism, important themes, and the current status of and future directions for literature and criticism. Wide-ranging and admirably ambitious in its encouragement of communication between scholars from two major nations, Representing Children in Chinese and U.S. Children’s Literature serves as a model for examining how and why children’s literature, more than many literary forms, circulates internationally.

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane

Author: John E. Miller
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 0826266592
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"One of America's leading authorities on Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane combine analyses of both women to explore their collaborative process and how their books reflect the authors' view of place, time, and culture, expanding the critical discussion of Wilder and Lane beyond the Little house"--Provided by publisher.

Space and Beyond

Author: Gary Westfahl
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313308468
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Although the exploration of space has long preoccupied authors and filmmakers, the development of an actual space program, discoveries about the true nature of space, and critical reconsiderations of America's frontier experiences have challenged and complicated conventional portrayals of humans in space. This volume reexamines the themes of space and the frontier in science fiction in light of recent scientific and literary developments. Included are the observations of noted science fiction writers such as Arthur C. Clarke, Gregory Benford, James Gunn, and Jack Williamson, along with contributions from leading scholars in the field.

Postwestern Cultures

Author: Susan Kollin
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803260443
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Synthesizes topics of contemporary scholarship of the American West. This work examines subjects ranging from the use of frontier rhetoric in Japanese American internment camp narratives to the emergence of agricultural tourism in the New West to the application of geographer J B Jackson's theories to vernacular or abandoned western landscapes.

An Open Book What and How Young Children Learn From Picture and Story Books

Author: Jessica S. Horst
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
ISBN: 288919728X
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Looking at and listening to picture and story books is a ubiquitous activity, frequently enjoyed by many young children and their parents. Well before children can read for themselves they are able to learn from books. Looking at and listening to books increases children’s general knowledge, understanding about the world and promotes language acquisition. This collection of papers demonstrates the breadth of information pre-reading children learn from books and increases our understanding of the social and cognitive mechanisms that support this learning. Our hope is that this Research Topic/eBook will be useful for researchers as well as educational practitioners and parents who are interested in optimizing children’s learning.

The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook

Author: Dale Cockrell
Publisher: A-R Editions, Inc.
ISBN: 9780895796875
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URL: https://www.areditions.com/rr/rra/a071.html The eight Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867¿1957), anchored in her family¿s history and filled with memories of frontier life, are cornerstone classics in American children¿s literature. Embedded in them are citations to 127 pieces of music--from parlor songs, stage songs, minstrel show songs, patriotic songs, Scottish and Irish songs, hymns and spirituals, to fiddle tunes, singing school songs, play party songs, folk songs, broadside ballads, catches and rounds. No books in American literature of comparable standing and popularity feature America¿s vernacular music so centrally, assign it such a major narrative role, and index it in such rich abundance. This edition is a reconstruction of "the family songbook," based on the music referenced in Wilder¿s books. Although no such object ever existed, her representations of music-making have likely informed the imaginations of more Americans than many a paper-and-bindings anthology, for what millions of readers have come to know about America¿s musical heritage is what they learned from the Little House books¿the titles and lyrics to songs; how songs and tunes functioned; where they were heard; what they meant; the importance of music to individuals, families, and communities. Wilder¿s references and her evocative images of music-making thus form the basis of understanding about "American music" to many readers. The Ingalls Wilder Family Songbook is an effort to give fresh voice and sound to the music inscribed in these great books and new appreciation about how music functioned during a place and time important in American history and mythology.