This work provides students of children's literature with a comprehensible and easy-to-use analytical tool kit, showing through concrete demonstration how each tool might best be used to examine aesthetic rather than educational approaches to children's literature. Contemporary literary theories discussed include semiotics, hermeneutics, structuralism, narratology, psychoanalysis, reader-response, feminist, and postcolonial theory, each adjusted to suit the specifics of children's literature.
Maria Nikolajeva is Professor of Comparative Literature at Stockholm University (Sweden) and associate professor of comparative literature at Abo Akademi University (Finland). She has been member of the North American Children's Literature Association since 1985 and has served on its International Committee. She is also the author of From Mythic to Linear: Time in Children's Literature (Scarecrow, 2000) and The Rhetoric of Character in Children's Literature (Scarecrow, 2002).
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction: Do We Need a Separate Aesthetics for Children's Literature? Chapter 3 1 The Aesthetic of the Author Chapter 4 2 The Aesthetic of the Work Chapter 5 3 The Aesthetic of the Genre Chapter 6 4 The Aesthetic of the Content Chapter 7 5 The Aesthetic of Composition Chapter 8 6 The Aesthetic of the Scene Chapter 9 7 The Aesthetic of Character Chapter 10 8 The Aesthetic of Narration Chapter 11 9 The Aesthetic of Language Chapter 12 10 The Aesthetic of the Medium Chapter 13 11 The Aesthetic of the Reader Chapter 14 12 Conclusion: Which Tool Shall I Choose? Part 15 Bibliography Part 16 Index Part 17 Subject and Name Index Part 18 Title Index Part 19 About the Author