Under Fire: Childhood in the Shadow of War

Andrea Immel, Elizabeth Goodenough
Wayne State University Press, 2008 - 289 pagina's

Under Fire is an eclectic, multidisciplinary collection that explores the representation of war and its aftereffects in children’s books and documentary film. This richly illustrated volume brings together internationally known contributors to examine the ongoing influence of violence and war on children’s literature by studying the childhood experiences of authors writing for children, the children represented in war stories, and the experiences of children who make up the stories’ readership. Under Fire opens timely avenues in literary studies and encourages those who work with young readers to envision children’s studies in new ways.

The first three sections explore war’s effect on children from the Children’s Crusade through World War II, with a special emphasis on the Holocaust. Contributors in these sections pay close attention to the effects of war on the collective memory and consciousness of both children and authors, investigating how these experiences serve as fodder for fantasy and as a justification for the abundance of realism in children’s books. The final section studies in detail children’s books and stories from the world-renowned Cotsen Collection at Princeton University, including C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Dedicated to the memory of Mitzi Myers, Under Fire concludes with a personal essay by Myers, who considers the unexpected and long-reaching effects of children’s literature on her own life.

Under Fire helps readers to understand why matters of life and death have always been at the heart of enduring works for children. Children’s studies scholars and students and teachers of children’s literature will appreciate this multifaceted and intriguing volume.


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Massacre of the Innocents? Sacral Violence and the Paradox
Surely there is no British boy or girl who has not heard of the battle
Illustrated Wartime Propaganda for Children
Germans in Postwar British Childrens Fiction
Baby Terrors
Picturing Trauma in the Great War
Tolkien Trauma Childhood Fantasy
Psychoanalysis Trauma Theory and
Remembering the Holocaust
The Anxiety of Trauma in Childrens War Fiction
A Physicians Take on Ferdinand
Material Culture and the Academy
Growing Up with War Stories
Worb Cited

Survivorship Fantasies

Overige edities - Alles weergeven

Veelvoorkomende woorden en zinsdelen

Populaire passages

Pagina 266 - A Token for Children. Being an Exact Account of the Conversion, Holy and Exemplary Lives and Joyful Deaths of Several Young Children.
Pagina 259 - Evenings at Home ; or, The Juvenile Budget Opened. Consisting of a variety of Miscellaneous Pieces, for the Instruction and Amusement of Young Persons. By Dr.

Over de auteur (2008)

Elizabeth Goodenough is a lecturer in English at the Residential College of the University of Michigan.

Andrea Immel is the curator of Princeton University's Cotsen Children's Library.

Contributors: Gary Dickson, John Gall, Elizabeth Goodenough, M. O. Grenby, Mark Jonathan Harris, Mark A. Heberle, Margaret R. Higonnet, Andrea Immel, Adrienne Kertzer, Kenneth Kidd, U. C. Knoepflmacher, Mitzi Myers, Emer O'Sullivan, Pamela Reynolds, Lore Segal, Naomi Sokoloff, Maria Tatar

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