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Children's Literature Grows Up: Harry Potter and the by Christina Phillips-Mattson

By Christina Phillips-Mattson

“Children understand so much now,” Peter Pan as soon as advised us. A century later, within the Age of knowledge, they recognize much more. So shouldn’t their literature get up to satisfy them? Isn’t it time for children’s literature to develop up?

First conceived as her doctoral dissertation at Harvard collage, with this broad exam of J. ok. Rowling’s sequence, Christina Phillips-Mattson argues that with the Harry Potter books we witness the start of a brand new period of children’s literature. Marking a departure from informal handbooks to the Harry Potter sequence, Phillips-Mattson presents the reader with a scholarly exam of Rowling’s novels—as good as different modern fictions for kids via such novelists as Philip Pullman, Lemony Snicket, Catherynne Valente, and Neil Gaiman—that can also be unique and available.

In order to illustrate that modern fictions for kids are as advanced, multifaceted, and valuable of great educational inquiry as grownup literature, Phillips-Mattson takes the reader on an exhilarating trip via a hugely distinct historical past of children’s literature and exhibits us how Rowling’s novels belong to a wealthy and sundry literary culture by way of putting Harry Potter along Greek mythology, vintage fairy stories, Golden Age texts like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, Jane Austen’s Emma and satisfaction and Prejudice, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, and Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury stories. making use of the feedback of Henry James, T.S. Eliot, and Virginia Woolf, Phillips-Mattson responds to Rowling’s detractors and offers proof of Rowling’s stylistic sophistication and intricate narrative constitution that underwrite the believability of her characters and her fictional global. a fascinating, thought-provoking learn for students, lecturers, normal readers of children’s literature, and Harry Potter fans, Children’s Literature Grows Up contains interesting new examine on spell language, intertextuality, ethical business enterprise, and mental realism.

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