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Children's Literature

Karín Lesnik-Oberstein


This book is a study of the figure of the ‘child’ as it is presented in the rapidly expanding field of the criticism of children's literature. The book argues that in fact, this same body of criticism — through often contradictory versions of the ‘child’ — reveals the realm of childhood as one constructed by the adult reader. The author demonstrates that both this criticism and the texts it studies are underpinned by the narratives of the liberal arts' educational ideals and their attendant socio-political and personal ideologies. The author places literary discussion into the current wider de ... More

Keywords: literature criticism, childhood, liberal arts, childhood psychology, childhood psychotherapy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198119982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karín Lesnik-Oberstein, author
University of Warsaw