“Children recognize so much now,” Peter Pan as soon as instructed us. A century later, within the Age of knowledge, they comprehend much more. So shouldn’t their literature stand up to fulfill 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. okay. 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 offers the reader with a scholarly exam of Rowling’s novels—as good as different modern fictions for kids by way of such novelists as Philip Pullman, Lemony Snicket, Catherynne Valente, and Neil Gaiman—that is additionally pleasing and obtainable.
In order to illustrate that modern fictions for kids are as complicated, multifaceted, and beneficial of great educational inquiry as grownup literature, Phillips-Mattson takes the reader on an exhilarating trip via a hugely targeted background of children’s literature and indicates us how Rowling’s novels belong to a wealthy and sundry literary culture through putting Harry Potter along Greek mythology, vintage fairy stories, Golden Age texts like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, Jane Austen’s Emma and delight and Prejudice, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, and Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury stories. utilising the feedback of Henry James, T.S. Eliot, and Virginia Woolf, Phillips-Mattson responds to Rowling’s detractors and gives proof of Rowling’s stylistic sophistication and intricate narrative constitution that underwrite the believability of her characters and her fictional global. an interesting, thought-provoking learn for students, academics, common readers of children’s literature, and Harry Potter lovers, Children’s Literature Grows Up contains attention-grabbing new learn on spell language, intertextuality, ethical organization, and mental realism.