Mothers in Children's and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism

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University Press of Mississippi
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.64 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author
Lisa Rowe Fraustino edits the journal Children's Literature and directs the graduate programs in children's literature at Hollins University. Karen Coats is professor of English at Illinois State University. She is author of The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature; Looking Glass and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature; and Children's Literature and the Developing Reader and coeditor of Handbook of Research on Children's and Young Adult Literature and The Gothic in Children's Literature: Haunting the Borders.
Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats's edited collection is an impressive and significant work that opens an entirely new avenue of discussion regarding mothers and motherhood.--Susan Louise Stewart "Children's Literature Quarterly, Fall 2017, Vol. 42 No. 3"
Illuminating and timely collection . . . scholars in the fields of children's literature and beyond should welcome this--Elissa Gershowitz "Horn Book Magazine"
Fraustino and Coats offer an effective thematic organizational design, presenting insightful essays on both well-known and under-theorized texts, as well as diverse and underrepresented identities, through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Mothers in Children's and Young Adult Literature is an essential resource for any scholar--both inside and outside the readership of The Lion and the Unicorn--studying motherhood in texts aimed at youths.--Katie Kapurch "The Lion and the Unicorn"
Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats have shaped a collection of essays on literature and theory into a rich and varied examination of mothers in children's and young adult literature. The editors say they wish the book to be both historical and theoretical, and they have succeeded superbly. This book of literary history and sophisticated theory, with its clarity of thought and outstanding writing, launches the serious study of motherhood as it affects children's literature. I thank Fraustino and Coats, and envy all the young professors, teachers, and students of children's literature who will absorb it and build on it in the future.--Lucy Rollin "Children's Literature"
Mothers in Children's and Young Adult Literature is an exciting--even brilliant--collection of diverse criticism on a surprisingly understudied topic. The thirteen astute essays chosen by Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats use a wide array of theoretical approaches to investigate topics that range from innovation in an eighteenth-century book for toddlers to animal mothering in picture books to the postfeminism of recent young adult novels.--Beverly Lyon Clark, author of Kiddie Lit: The Cultural Construction of Children's Literature in America