Clementine (University of Cambridge) Beauvais - Author

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Clementine Beauvais is a Lecturer in Education at the University of York, and is the author of over ten children's books. Maisie Paradise Shearring is an acclaimed illustrator from Hull. In 2015 she won the International Award for Illustration at Bologna Children's Book Fair. Thames & Hudson recently published her interpretation of Oscar Wilde's classic story, The Happy Prince.

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The Mighty Child Time and power in children's literature

The Mighty Child Time and power in children's literature

Author: Clementine (University of Cambridge) Beauvais Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2015

The Mighty Child offers an existentialist approach to the theorization and criticism of children's literature, nuancing the academic claim that children's literature, specifically defined as `didactic', alienates childhood from adulthood and disempowers its implied child reader. This volume recentres the theoretical debate around the constructions of time and power which characterize conceptions of childhood and adulthood in children's literature. The `hidden', didactic adult of children's literature, this volume argues, is not solely the dictatorial planner of the child's future, but also a disempowered entity, yearning for unpredictability in the semi-educational, semi-aesthetic endeavor of the children's book. Leaning on current work in the field of children's literature theory, on French phenomenological existentialism, and on the philosophy and sociology of childhood, The Mighty Child is addressed to contemporary theorists and critics of children's literature.

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