Description - Kiddie Lit by Beverly Lyon Clark
In Kiddie Lit, Beverly Lyon Clark explores the marginalization of children's literature in America - and recent signs of its reintegration - within the academy and by the mainstream critical establishment. Tracing the reception of works by Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Lewis Carroll, Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. Frank Baum, Walt Disney, and J. K. Rowling, Clark reveals fundamental shifts in the assessment of the literary worth of books beloved by both children and adults. While uncovering the institutional underpinnings of this transition, Clark also attributes it to changing American attitudes toward childhood itself: a cultural resistance to the intrinsic value of childhood expressed through sentimentality, condescension, and moralizing.
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(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Johns Hopkins University Press
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Author Biography - Beverly Lyon Clark
Beverly Lyon Clark is the A. Howard Meneely Professor of English at Wheaton College and coeditor (with Margaret Higonnet) of Girls, Boys, Books, Toys: Gender in Children's Literature and Culture, also available from Johns Hopkins.