Adapting Canonical Texts in Children's Literature

Adapting Canonical Texts in Children's Literature

By: Anja Mueller (editor)Paperback

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Adaptations of canonical texts have played an important role throughout the history of children's literature and have been seen as an active and vital contributing force in establishing a common ground for intercultural communication across generations and borders. This collection analyses different examples of adapting canonical texts in or for children's literature encompassing adaptations of English classics for children and young adult readers and intercultural adaptations of children's classics across Europe. The international contributors assess both historical and transcultural adaptation in relation to historically and regionally contingent concepts of childhood. By assessing how texts move across age-specific or national borders, they examine the traces of a common literary and cultural heritage in European children's literature.

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Anja Muller is Professor of English Literature and Culture at the University of Siegen, Germany. Her publications include Fashioning Childhood in the Eighteenth Century (2006) and Framing Childhood in Eighteenth-Century English Periodicals and Prints, 1689-1789 (2009) which was designated the Honor Book 2009 of the Children's Literature Association.


Introduction 1. Shakespeare for Girls: Victorian vs. Contemporary Prose Versions of Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice, Laura Tosi, Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy 2. Shylock's Daughter, Nathan and his Children, Golem Silent Brother - Adapting European Classics in the Work of Miriam Pressler, Jana Mikota, Universitat Siegen, Germany 3. Shakespeare in Children's Literature: Susan Cooper's King of the Shadows and Tad Williams's Caliban's Hour, Eva Oppermann, Universitat Kassel, Germany 4. Shakespeare for Beginners: The Animated Tales from Shakespeare and the Case Study of Julias Ceasar , Maddalena Pennacchia, Roma Tre University 5. Adapting and Parodying Shakespeare for Young Adults: John Marsden's Hamlet and Andy Griffth's Just Macbeth!, Mark MacLeod, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga Campus, Australia 6. Shakespeare Comic Books - Adapting the Bard for a Young Audience, Anja Muller, Universitat Siegen, Germany 7. Rosemary Sutcliffe's Beowulf: Dragonslayer Lukascz Neubauer, Technical University of Koszalin, Poland 8. The Kids of the Round Table: Arthurian Traces in Fantasy Fiction for Children and Young Adults Anne Klaus, University of Osnabruck, Germany 9. Downsizing Dickens: Adaptations of Oliver Twist for the Child Reader, Elizabeth Thiel, University of Roehampton, UK 10. Pinocchio in English, Iain Halliday, Universita di Catania 11. The Adaptation of a Children's Story which has Adult Messages: The Nutcracker from E.T.A. Hoffmann to Matthew Bourne, Janice Keane, University of Nottingham, UK 12. To Be Or Not To Be A Canonical Text of Children's Literature: Polish and Italian Translations of Winnie-the-Pooh, Monika Wozniak, Universita La Sapienza di Roma, Italy 13. Disney(Never)land's Tinker Bell, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Eastern Connecticut State University, USA References Index

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  • publication date: 17/07/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781472578884
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781472578884
  • weight: 360
  • ISBN10: 1472578880

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