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Today, when the literature for adults is deteriorating, good books for children seem to be the only hope, the only refuge, appealing not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child too. Mirroring the society from which the children arise, the book Children's Literature (Vol. I) strives towards cultivating awareness and understanding of current children's literature, authors and illustrators. Woven thematically around modern critical debates, it explores the vision and wonder of the world of children's literature. Integrating instruction and entertainment, oral and written traditions, realism and fantasy, words and pictures, classics and adaptations, and perspectives on childhood and adult life, the book intends to illuminate the rich diversity of children's literature studies.
The book draws perspectives from various terrains like psychology, education, history, cultural studies and literary criticism. It attempts to examine how literary forms and genres, diverse influences, and evolving attitudes towards childhood have shaped the field of children's literature. It encourages both the students and scholars of English literature to challenge common assumptions about children, childhood, and children's books.
The book will prove useful for the students and teachers of English literature, particularly children's literature, and researchers in these fields. To those who wish to know about various attributes of children's literature, it will provide for a richly rewarding reading.
About the Author
A gold medallist from Patna University, Bihar, Sunita Sinha has been teaching as an Associate Professor in English in Women's College, Samastipur, L.N. Mithila University, Bihar. She has authored two books: Graham Greene: A Study of His Major Novels and Post Colonial Women Writers: New Perspectives. Her editorial ventures include ten anthologies: (1) New Urges in Post Colonial Literature: Widening Horizons; (2) Reconceiving Postcolonialism: Visions and Revisions; (3) Postcolonial Imaginings: Fissions and Fusions; (4) Critical Responses to Kiran Desai; (5) New Perspectives in British Literature (Vol. I & II); (6) Indian Booker Prize Winners, (Vol. I & II); and (7) Modern Literary Theories: New Perspectives, (Vol. I & II).
She has participated in many national and international seminars and conferences, chaired sessions at various seminars and has written many scholarly papers which have been published in various national and international journals. Her areas of interest are British, Indian, Australian and Canadian literature. She is the Honorary Editor/Director for Bihar, Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd. She is the Assistant Editor of The Atlantic Critical Review and the Editor of The Atlantic Review of Feminist Literature.
Table of Contents
1. Truth and Power in the Magical World of Children's Literature-Joyashri Choudhury
2. Classical Fairy Tales and Greek Children's Literature-George Papantonakis
3. Reading against African Children's Literature: Nationalist Didacticism in Fatima Mernissi's Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood-Sihem Arfaoui Abidi
4. A Pierced Tongue: Narration and Identity in Young Adult Novels in Verse-Amber Dinquel
5. Some Aspects of the Children's Literature in Albania-Enkelena Shockett (Qafleshi)
6. (De) Centering Hierarchies: Programming Children in Hansel Ndumbe Eyoh's Munyenge-Kelvin N. Toh
7. Theoretical Framework of Children's Literature Translation-Elena Xeni
8. Unobtrusive Dissemination of the Didactic Teachings through the Indian Folklore-Devika, Sushila Rathore and Virendra Singh Nirban
9. Children in Victorian Fiction-Sushmita Bhattacharya
10. Violence in the Schoolboy Stories of Sukumar Ray-Saurav Das Thakur
11. Fairy Tales and Fantasy as the Upholder of Values in Children's Literature: A Visit to The Winged Horse: Fairy-tales from Bengal-Saurabh Kumar Singh
12. The Place of Books for Children and Adolescents in the Literary System-Vandana Singh
13. Roald Dahl--The Hyberbolic Fantasist-Saloni Prasad (Mrs. Kumar)
14. Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories: A Postmodernist Fairy Tale-Reena Mitra
15. Panchatantra, Ramayana and Kamishibai--The Adaptation and Transition of Tales-Ramendra Kumar
16. Vijay Tendulkar's Children's Plays: A Synthesis of Children's Fantasy and Social Commitment-Beena Agarwal
17. In Love with Fantasy: The Fleeting and Seductive World in/of Lewis Carroll's Fiction for Children-Anirban Gupta
18. Portrayal of Children Characters in the Short Stories of Ruskin Bond-Norah Nivedita Shaw
19. Folklore as a Genre-Bhaskar Roy Barman
20. "In Essence Divided"--The Border as a Metaphor in the World of Harry Potter-Shampa Ghosh Contributors