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p. 312. Why and how are children's books studied?locked

  • Kimberley Reynolds


‘Why and how are children's books studied?’ is concerned with critics and approaches that have proved particularly useful for the study of children's literature. Children's literature recapitulates, extends, and modifies the range of narratives that make up ‘adults' fiction’ and those who study it not only employ much the same body of critical and theoretical approaches, they also customize and add to them. There are, for instance, approaches that focus on the intended audience, others arising from the study of childhood, and those which take into account the interplay between image and text. Generally, however, children's literature is studied in precisely the same ways as any other body of texts.

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