The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature

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Bloomsbury Academic
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6.6 X 9.5 X 1.1 inches | 1.72 pounds

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About the Author
Karen Coats is Professor of English at Illinois State University, USA. She is author of Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature (2004), and co-editor, with Shelby A. Wolf, Patricia Enciso, and Christine A. Jenkins, of the Handbook of Research on Children's and Young Adult Literature (2010).
"Imagine sitting down with a brilliant friend whose scholarly expertise makes her an ideal guide through the history and context of children's and YA literature. She is thorough, reflective, and humorous. She steps into complex or troubled waters and never muddies issues or sounds churlish or superior. In short, she is a born teacher who also happens to be a terrific writer. Coats's readable The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature provides such an experience. In 12 accessible chapters, Coats (Illinois State Univ.) covers genres from folktale to novel to drama and forms such as graphic novels and picture books. She also takes on children's media and informational texts and provides new theoretical frameworks for examining the "in-betweens" of children's and YA lit. Coats demonstrates that everyone seeks patterns as part of learning, and she provides techniques and patterns of analysis for students new to the field. All these qualities--when joined by resources, chapter "talk backs," discussions of canon, multiculturalism, and sound advice for writing about literature (from close readings to conference papers)--make this book truly one of a kind. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - CHOICE