The Hidden Adult

The Hidden Adult

Defining Children's Literature

Book - 2008
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What exactly is a children's book? How is children's literature defined as a genre? A leading scholar presents close readings of six classic stories to answer these questions and offer a clear definition of children's writing as a distinct literary form.

Perry Nodelman begins by considering the plots, themes, and structures of six works: "The Purple Jar," Alice in Wonderland , Dr. Doolittle , Henry Huggins , The Snowy Day , and Plain City --all written for young people of varying ages in different times and places--to identify shared characteristics. He points out markers in each work that allow the adult reader to understand it as a children's story, shedding light on ingrained adult assumptions and revealing the ways in which adult knowledge and experience remain hidden in apparently simple and innocent texts.

Nodelman then engages a wide range of views of children's literature from authors, literary critics, cultural theorists, and specialists in education and information sciences. Through this informed dialogue, Nodelman develops a comprehensive theory of children's literature, exploring its commonalities and shared themes.

The Hidden Adult is a focused and sophisticated analysis of children's literature and a major contribution to the theory and criticism of the genre.

Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780801889806
Branch Call Number: 028.55 Nod
Characteristics: x, 390 pages ; 24 cm

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