By Roderick McGillis
The shut of a century invitations either retrospection and prognostication. As a interval of transition, it additionally brings a feeling of uncertainty, finality, and apocalypticism. those emotions stem from quite a few occasions, equivalent to political turmoil, clinical developments, and social switch. As may be anticipated, literature displays such adjustments and the emotions they engender. yet maybe extra unusually, kid's literature is mainly delicate to such issues, and fiction for kids frequently struggles with darkish and ugly matters. This booklet examines fin de siËcle tensions in nineteenth- and 20th-century kid's literature from round the world.
Each bankruptcy is written through knowledgeable contributor, and the quantity levels over a disparate number of themes. those comprise poetry, sequence books, pacifist fiction, gender matters, faith and literature, eco-criticism, minority studies, humor and the Holocaust, fable and technological know-how fiction, and laptop tradition. In exploring those concerns in terms of kid's literature, the individuals demonstrate the transferring nature of our values and the realm during which we are living. international in nature, the chapters examine kid's literature from such areas as Germany, Holland, the uk, Australia, and the United States.
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