The Presence of the Past in Children's Literature
作 者：Ann Lawson Lucas, ed.
Time is one of the most prominent themes in the relatively young genre of children's literature, for the young, like adults, want to know about the past. The historical novel of the West grew out of Romanticism, with its exploration of the inner world of feeling, and it grew to full vigor in the era of imperialism and the exploration of the physical world. From the end of the 18th century,
children's books flourished, partly in response to these cultural and political influences. After Darwin, Freud, and Einstein, literary works began to grapple with skepticism about the nature of time itself. This book explores how children's writers have presented the theme and concept of time past. While the book looks primarily at literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, it considers a broad range of historical material treated in works from that period. Included are discussions of such topics as Joan of
Arc in children's literature, the legacy of Robinson Crusoe, colonial and postcolonial children's literature, the Holocaust, and the supernatural. International in scope, the volume examines history and collective memory in Portuguese children's fiction, Australian history in picture books, Norwegian children's literature, and literary treatments of the great Irish famine. So too, the expert contributors are from diverse countries and backgrounds.
★“The book includes
many surprises. In her examination of children's books about the Irish potato famine, Celia Keenan points out that historically most Irish immigrated to England, not America. Penny Brown informs the reader that Joan of Arc, despite her historical role as savior of France, "became a hero for all reasons embraced ... by English and French alike." Recommended. Academic libraries serving upper-division undergraduates and above.”–Choice.