Frontiers in American Children s Literature

Author: Dorothy Clark
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443887977
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

Frontier in American Literature

Author: Edwin S. Fussell
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400872200
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Contents: Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1: Leatherstocking Tales of James Fenimore Cooper; Chapter 2: Nathaniel Hawthorne; Sketches of Western Adventure; The Scarlet Letter; Neutral Territory; Chapter 3: Edgar Allan Poe; South and West; Narratives of Exploration and Discovery; Chapter 4: Henry David Thoreau; The Essential West; Walden: The Pioneer; Walden: The Frontier; Chapter 5: Herman Melville; Early Western Travels; Moby-Dick; The Disputed Frontier; The Confidence-Man; Chapter 6: Indian Summer of the Literary West; Thoreau's Unwritten Epic; Hawthorne's Last Stand; Melville as Poet; Chapter 7: Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass; Index Originally published in 1965. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature

Author: Verity Smith
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135314241
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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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

New Frontiers in Public Library Research

Author: Carl Gustav Johannsen
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810850392
Format: PDF
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Pulls together research results from Scandinavian public library researchers on current public library issues, including how public libraries are facing and dealing with the various professional challenges of modern society. Contributors tackle topics as wide ranging as the challenges of serving a multi-cultural society, new library media and services, internet services and new trends in library management. This collection of articles also includes library history works focusing on the relationship between public library ideas and practices in the USA and the Scandinavian countries.

Representing Children in Chinese and U S Children s Literature

Author: Claudia Nelson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317065972
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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.

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: 0803215762
Format: PDF
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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.

What s So Funny

Author: Michael Cart
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780060244538
Format: PDF, ePub
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A thoughtful and lively exploration of more than 70 years, from 1920 to today, of the literature of laughter. Borrowing techniques from both book reviewing and literary criticism, an esteemed children’s book authority explores three basic types of humor: talking animals and otherwise anthropomorphized animals used for comic purposes ; tall tales and frontier humor; and domestic or family comedy. Along the way the author also celebrates some neglected authors and offers fresh and sometimes revisionist views of established classics.