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, medical developments, and social swap. As should be anticipated, literature displays such alterations and the sentiments they engender. yet possibly extra strangely, kid's literature is mainly delicate to such issues, and fiction for kids usually struggles with darkish and unsightly matters. This e-book examines fin de siËcle tensions in nineteenth- and 20th-century kid's literature from round the world.
Each bankruptcy is written via knowledgeable contributor, and the amount levels over a disparate number of themes. those contain poetry, sequence books, pacifist fiction, gender concerns, faith and literature, eco-criticism, minority reports, humor and the Holocaust, fable and technological know-how fiction, and machine tradition. In exploring those concerns in terms of kid's literature, the participants exhibit the moving nature of our values and the realm during which we are living. international in nature, the chapters examine kid's literature from such locations as Germany, Holland, the uk, Australia, and the United States.
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Children's Literature and the Fin de SiËcle (Contributions to the Study of World Literature) by Roderick McGillis