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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Reading the Child in Children's Literature

An Heretical Approach

ISBN 9781137322340
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

Rudd explores and challenges the critical representation of the child in children's literature, looking at the child's positioning from a psychoanalytically informed perspective. He shows students how to work productively with theory, combining conceptual analysis with close-textual readings of key texts in a sophisticated yet readable manner.

David Rudd is Professor of Children's Literature at the University of Bolton, UK.

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Introduction: An Energetics of Children's Literature

PART I: THE IMAGINARY

1. Many Happy Returns: To Freud, to Rose, the Child and its Literature

2. Peter Pan and the Riddle of Existence

PART II: THE SYMBOLIC

3. Holes and Pores: Slipping Between the Cracks of Social Criticism

4. Hiding in the Light: Perry Nodelman and the Hidden Adult

PART III: THE REAL

5. Home Sweet Home and the Uncanny: Freud, Alice and the Curious Child

PART IV: RSI

6. Fantasy and Realism Contained: From Fortunatus' Cap to the Mobius Strip

7. The Children's Book Not Suitable for Children?

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"An exciting catalyst for innovation within Children's Literature studies." - Liz Thiel, University of Roehampton, UK
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