Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature

Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature

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Critical Approaches to Food in Childrena€™s Literature is the first scholarly volume on the topic, connecting children's literature to the burgeoning discipline of food studies. Following the lead of historians like Mark Kurlansky, Jeffrey Pilcher and Massimo Montanari, who use food as a fundamental node for understanding history, the essays in this volume present food as a multivalent signifier in childrena€™s literature, and make a strong argument for its central place in literature and literary theory. Written by some of the most respected scholars in the field, the essays between these covers tackle texts from the nineteenth century (Rudyard Kiplinga€™s Kim) to the contemporary (Dave Pilkeya€™s Captain Underpants series), the U.S. multicultural (Asian-American) to the international (Ireland, Brazil, Mexico). Spanning genres such as picture books, chapter books, popular media, and childrena€™s cookbooks, contributors utilize a variety of approaches, including archival research, cultural studies, formalism, gender studies, post-colonialism, post-structuralism, race studies, structuralism, and theology. Innovative and wide-ranging, Critical Approaches to Food in Childrena€™s Literature provides us with a critical opportunity to puzzle out the significance of food in childrena€™s literature.Obviously, large numbers of childrena#39;s books include mothers as characters, and I have discussed elsewhere the reproduction ... The current essay will look closely at the all-time best-selling trade picture books thematically focused on mothera€“child relationships and examine how ... and it continues to sell briskly after its 100year anniversary despite being in the public domain and freely available online.

Title:Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature
Author:Kara K. Keeling, Scott T. Pollard
Publisher:Routledge - 2012-03-20


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