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Turning the Page

Collins, Fiona M. / Ridgman, Jeremy (eds)

Turning the Page

Children’s Literature in Performance and the Media

Year of Publication: 2006

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2006. 297 pp.
ISBN 978-3-03910-255-6 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.430 kg, 0.948 lbs

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Book synopsis

Since the nineteenth century, children’s literature has been adapted for both the stage and the screen. As the twentieth century progressed, children’s books provided the material for an increasing range of new media, from radio to computer games, from television to cinema blockbuster. Although such adaptations are now recognised as a significant part of the culture of childhood and popular culture in general, little has been written about the range of products and experiences that they generate. This book brings together writers whose work offers contrasting perspectives on the process of adaptation and the varying transformations – social, historical and ideological – that take place when a text moves from the page to another medium. Linking all these contributions is an interest in the changing definition of children’s literature and its target audience within an increasingly media-rich society.


Contents: Fiona M. Collins/Jeremy Ridgman: Introduction – Michael Newton: ‘Til I’m Grown: Reading Children’s Films; Reading Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book – Jeremy Ridgman: From River Bank to South Bank: The Wind in the Willows and the Staging of National Identity – Margaret Mackey: Inhabiting Anne’s World: The Performance of a Story Space – Máire Messenger Davies: The Secret Garden in Film and Television – Mary Cadogan: Multimedia William – Gillian Lathey: ‘What a funny name!’: Cultural Transition in Versions of Erich Kästner’s Emil and the Detectives – Anthea Bell: Asterix on Screen – Fiona M. Collins: Picture Books into Animation: The Art of Movement – Nadia Crandall: The Fairy Tale in the 21st Century: Shrek as Anticipatory Illumination or Coercive Ideology – Kimberley Reynolds: His Dark Materials in Performance: Finding a Balance between Heritage and Mass Media – Lisa Sainsbury: Rousseau’s Raft: The Remediation of Narrative in Romain Victor-Pujebet’s CD-ROM Version of Robinson Crusoe – Andrew Burn: Multi-text Magic: Harry Potter in Book, Film and Videogame – Kerry Mallan: ‘Just a Boy in a Dress’: Performing Gender in Male-to-Female Cross-dressing Narratives – Susanne Greenhalgh: The Eye of Childhood: Shakespeare, Performance and the Child Subject.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Fiona M. Collins is the coordinator of English in Education at Roehampton University. She lectures on a range of children’s literature courses, both undergraduate and post-graduate. She co-edited Historical Fiction for Children: Capturing the Past and co-authored Reading Voices: Young People Discuss Their Reading Choices.
Jeremy Ridgman is Principal Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Roehampton University. He has published on various aspects of television drama and television history and is the editor of Boxed Sets: Television Representations of Theatre.