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Kinder- und Jugendliteraturforschung international

Ansichten und Aussichten- Festschrift für Hans-Heino Ewers

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Gabriele von Glasenapp, Ute Dettmar and Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff

32 Autorinnen und Autoren reflektieren die internationale Verankerung, die theoretisch-methodische Ausdifferenzierung und das Forschungsinteresse an Geschichte und Gegenwart der Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Sie beschäftigen sich in vier Schwerpunkten mit der Theorie, der Übersetzungs- und Rezeptionsgeschichte, mit kinder- und jugendliterarischen Medien sowie in zahlreichen Einzelstudien mit Gattungen, Formen und Themen historischer wie aktueller Kinder- und Jugendliteratur und -medien. Der Band ist Hans-Heino Ewers gewidmet, der in seiner über 25-jährigen Lehr- und Forschungstätigkeit maßgeblich zur theoretisch-systematischen Fundierung dieser vergleichsweise jungen Fachdisziplin beigetragen und wesentliche Impulse für die weitere Forschung gegeben hat.
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The Unruly Playground: The Curious Progress of English-Language Children’s Literature Theory: Peter Hunt

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Then Was Then: the Tale of Two Endnotes

Thirty years ago, in the deepest and darkest endnotes of her revolutionary The Case of Peter Pan, or, The Impossibility of Children’s Literature, Jacqueline Rose (now one of Britain’s most distinguished Professors of English) included a disclaimer:

I would […] want to distinguish myself from [the] overall project […] of a number of children’s book critics, to establish the literary ‚value‘ and credentials of children’s writers and children’s book criticism (the ultimate fantasy, perhaps, of children’s book criticism that it should come of age and do what the adults (that is adult critics) have been doing all along.) (Rose 1984, 154 n.3)

There are, of course, several issues here, and few children’s literature critics today would (despite occasional flurries in the popular press) consider that establishing comparative literary ‚value‘ is relevant to their task. But how children’s book criticism ‚came of age‘ is a fascinating story, which demonstrates the uniqueness of children’s literature, and the struggle of its critics not to do what Rose’s ‚adult critics‘ do. „Twenty-five years on,“ as the critic David Rudd wrote, in an edition of Children’s Literature Association Quarterly dedicated to a revaluation of Rose’s work,

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