The Pleasures of Children's Literature, Third Edition, offers an overview of children's literature in the context of current professional discussion of children's literature and reading.
Focusing on controversial issues and designed to provoke thought and debate, this ground-breaking text examines literary response to and analysis of the entire field of literary texts written by adults for children.
The Pleasures of Children's Literature, Third Edition introduces and describes relevant current views in a number of disciplines, including literary theory; ideological, cultural and media studies; theories of visual culture and folklore; developmental and cognitive psychology; and pedagogical practice.
Noteworthy new author team Nodelman and Reimer offer introductions to a range of relevant questions and approaches, and give readers an overview of theoretical approaches current in literary studies and related disciplines. They offer readers insight into the ways these studies and approaches might illuminate both children's responses and their own responses to understanding children's literature.
1. How to Read this Book.
Studying Literature: Some Basic Assumptions Opinion and Dialogue.
Writing About What You Read.
2. How to Read Children's Literature.
Seeing Beyond an Adult Perspective.
The Implied Reader.
Children's Literature and Adult Literature: Differences and Similarities.
The Pleasures of Literature.
3. Teaching Children Literature.
Focusing on Literary Strategies.
Can Pleasure Be Taught?
What Not to Teach.
What to Teach.
Teaching Literary Strategies.
4. Strategies for Reading a Literary Text.
Schemata and Reading.
Gaps in Texts.
Filling in the Gaps: Strategies for Building Consistency.
II. CULTURE, IDEOLOGY, AND CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.
5. Common Assumptions About Childhood.
Children in Ideology.
Childhood in History.
Some Common Assumptions.
Assumptions as Ideology.
Why the Assumptions Might Be True.
Why the Assumptions Can't Be the Whole Truth.
But They're Sometimes True Anyway.
The Assumptions and Power: Why Do We Have Them?
Beyond the Child as Other.
But Are Children Different After All?
Childhood Reading and Censorship.
6. Children's Literature in the Marketplace.
Children's Choices: The Freedom to Be Unique?
The Field of Children's Literature.
The Producers of Children's Literature.
Who Sells Books for Children?
Who Buys Books for Children?
The Strange Case of Harry Potter.
7. The World of Children's Culture.
Nonfiction: Is It Nonfictional?
The World of Children's Toys and Games.
The World of Children's TV.
The World of Children's Movies Toys, TV, Movies: A Repertoire For Life and Literature.
Freeing Children from Culture?
8. Literature and Ideology.
History and Culture.
Reading Against a Text.
Surfacing Political Assumptions.
Surfacing Assumptions About Gender.
Multiculturalism: Surfacing Assumptions About Race and Ethnicity.
Surfacing Assumptions About Individuality.
III. CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND THE LITERARY REPERTOIRE.
9. Children's Literature as Repertoire.
Texts as Contexts for Each Other.
Children's Literature as a Genre.
Characteristics of the Genre.
The Genre Today.
Genre and Formula.
10. The Repertoire of Theory.
Reading in the Context of Theory.
Values and Canons.
IV. KINDS OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE.
Poetry for Children?
The Pleasures of Sound and Image.
Children's Poetry: The Making of Anthologies.
Why Many People Don't Like Poetry—And What to Do About It.
12. Picture Books.
The Visual Imagination and Pictorial Comprehension.
The Pleasures of Picture Books.
How Pictures Provide Information About Stories.
Storytelling in Words and Pictures.
Picture Books as Puzzles.
Picture Books for Older Children.
13. Fairy Tales and Myths.
A Common Repertoire.
The History of Fairy Tales.
Oral Tales from Written Versions: Variant Versions.
Which Versions Should Children Read?
Characteristics of Fairy Tales.
Literary Fairy Tales.
Continuing The Dialogue.