Ursula K. le Guin beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults

Ursula K. le Guin beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults

Ursula K. le Guin beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults

Ursula K. le Guin beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults

Synopsis

American author of science fiction and fantasy Ursula K. Le Guin has been writing for both children and adults for more than thirty years. Her celebrated "Earthsea" series of books has been compared C.S lewis's Narnia chronicles and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. This book critically examines Le Guin's fiction for all ages, and it will be of great interest to her many admirers and to all students and scholars of children's literature.

Excerpt

Dedicated to furthering original research in children's literature and culture, the Children's Literature and Culture series includes monographs on individual authors and illustrators, historical examinations of different periods, literary analyses of genres, and comparative studies on literature and the mass media. The series is international in scope and is intended to encourage innovative research in children's literature with a focus on interdisciplinary methodology.

Children's literature and culture are understood in the broadest sense of the term “children” to encompass the period of childhood up through adolescence. Owing to the fact that the notion of childhood has changed so much since the origination of children's literature, this Routledge series is particularly concerned with transformations in children's culture and how they have affected the representation and socialization of children. Although the emphasis of the series is on children's literature, all types of studies that deal with children's radio, film, television, and art are included in an endeavor to grasp the aesthetics and values of children's culture. Not only have there been momentous changes in children's culture in the last 50 years, there have been radical shifts in the scholarship that considers these changes. In this regard, the goal of the Children's Literature and Culture series is to enhance research in this field and, at the same time, point to new directions that bring together the best scholarly work throughout the world.

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