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Children's fantasy literature: an introduction

Children's fantasy literature: an introduction

Levy, Michael, 1950 April 15-; Mendlesohn, Farah

A comprehensive study of children's fantasy literature across the English-speaking world, from the sixteenth century to the present. Fantasy has been an important and much-loved part of children's literature for hundreds of years, yet relatively little has been written about it. Children's Fantasy Literature traces the development of the tradition of the children's fantastic - fictions specifically written for children and fictions appropriated by them - from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, examining the work of Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, C. S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, J. K. Rowling and others from across the English-speaking world. The volume considers changing views on both the nature of the child and on the appropriateness of fantasy for the child reader, the role of children's fantasy literature in helping to develop the imagination, and its complex interactions with issues of class, politics and gender. The text analyses hundreds of works of fiction, placing each in its appropriate context within the tradition of fantasy literature

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Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Michael Levy, Farah Mendlesohn
ISBN: 1316484424, 9781316484425, 9781316484852
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 274 pages
Subject: Fantasy fiction History and criticism.; Fantastic, The, in literature.; Children's / Teenage fiction: Classic fiction; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Literary theory; Literature; LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.; Literary studies: general; Children's literature History and criticism.; Children's & teenage literature studies: general; Ireland; Literature: history & criticism
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107018143