Passionately enjoyed as much by the young as by adults, children's literature is a vital part of Western culture. Attracting increasing scholarly attention, its indelible influences on most people's psyche attest to its widespread importance. Well-known for his work in the field, Peter Hunt here offers a history of children's literature--primarily British, although including American and other works as well--along with an assessment of its literary, sociological, and pedagogical roles. In addition, Hunt looks at the uses to which children's literature is put, the claims that are made for it, and the difference between children's and adults' ways of reading.
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This book provides a concise history of British children' literature, focusing particularly on the past 130 years. It traces the evolution from moralizing, 'improving' works to books which are empathetic to the world of the child. But it also demonstrates that the history of children's literature can be approached from several angles-that of the women who predominate among children's writer, of the relationship between children's books and contemporary ideologies, and of the part played by illustrations and illustrators in the development of the genre.About the Author:
Senior Lecturer in the School of English, University of Wales, Cardiff, Peter Hunt is the author of many books on children's literature and organized the first course on children's literature at a U.K. university.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 1994. Book Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP97029865
Book Description Oxford University Press, Oxford, England / New York, New York, 1994. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Condition: dj. viii, 241 pp. OPUS Series. Dustjacket. LCC: 9329619 Very good condition; lightly faded papers. Bookseller Inventory # 0108I0040
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1994. Book Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP93864502