Children's literature and New York City / edited by Pádraic Whyte and Keith O'Sullivan.

New York ; London : Routledge, 2014.
Children's literature and culture ; 98.
Children's Literature and Culture ; 98
xiii, 206 pages ; 24 cm.
Children's literature, American -- History and criticism.
Young adult literature, American -- History and criticism.
New York (N.Y.) -- In literature.
Children's literature, American.
Young adult literature, American.
New York (State) -- New York.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
"This collection explores the significance of New York City in children's literature, stressing literary, political, and societal influences on writing for young people from the twentieth century to the present day. Contextualized in light of contemporary critical and cultural theory, the chapters examine the varying ways in which children's literature has engaged with New York City as a city space, both in terms of (urban) realism and as an 'idea', such as the fantasy of the city as a place of opportunity, or other associations. The collection visits not only dominant themes, motifs, and tropes, but also the different narrative methods employed to tell readers about the history, function, physical structure, and conceptualization of New York City, acknowledging the shared or symbiotic relationship between literature and the city: just as literature can give imaginative 'reality' to the city, the city has the potential to shape the literary text. This book critically engages with most of the major forms and genres for children/young adults that dialogue with New York City, and considers such authors as Margaret Wise Brown, Felice Holman, E. L. Konigsburg, Maurice Sendak, J. D. Salinger, John Donovan, Shaun Tan, Elizabeth Enright, and Patti Smith."-- Provided by publisher.
ch. 1 Bank Street and Beyond: New York City in the Here and Now Books of Lucy Sprague Mitchell and Margaret Wise Brown / Joseph Stanton
ch. 2 F̀orm Follows Function': Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet (1941
1951) / Julie Anne Stevens
ch. 3 Striated Space and Smooth Space in Nick McDonell's Twelve / Keith O'Sullivan
ch. 4 Navigating Adolescence through the Streets of New York: I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip / Padraic Whyte
ch. 5 C̀ities Will Sing': Natural New York / Jenny Bavidge
ch. 6 A City Cold and Wild: Nature and Social Justice in Slake's Limbo and Ten Mile River / Suzanne Marie Hopcroft
ch. 7 Ǹew York is a Great Place': Urban Mobility in Twentieth-Century Children's Literature / Sonya Sawyer Fritz
ch. 8 Catalysing Urban Interaction: Individual and Crowded Identities in New York City / Jane Suzanne Carroll
ch. 9 Self in the City: Young Adult Fiction about New York City after 9/11 / Jo Lampert
Contents note continued: ch. 10 I am an Island: Caribbean Immigrants to New York City in Children's Literature / Karen Sands-O'Connor
ch. 11 The View from the Top of the Bus: Curious George in Emigre New York / Katie Trumpener
ch. 12 New York City: A Dystopian Utopia in Visual Narratives / Valerie Coghlan
ch. 13 A Right to Music: New York and Mid-Century Liberal Imagination in The Cricket in Times Square / Helen Conrad O'Briain
ch. 14 Just Kids: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Androgyne in New York / Roni Natov.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Whyte, Pádraic, editor.
O'Sullivan, Keith, 1974- editor.
9780415823029 (hbk)
0415823021 (hbk)
9780203549407 (ebk)
0203549406 (ebook)
1135923000 (electronic bk.)
9781135923006 (electronic bk.)
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