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Crossing The Boundaries

By Geoff Bull, Michele Anstey
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Crossing the Boundaries is a ground breaking new text for Children's Literature courses that draws on the disciplines of Arts and Education. As reflected in the title, Crossing the Boundaries analyses children's literature from a truly interdisciplinary perspective, with academics, authors and illustrators contributing to the book.

In this edited collection, a focus on Australian children's literature is balanced with studies and examples from international children's literature. The selection of contributors from US, Canada UK, South Africa and New Zealand helps provides the global coverage. 

A genre-based and thematic approach is utilised throughout the book.

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Table of contents

Preface/ Acknowledgements

About the Authors


Part One: Reading illustration and text and the development of visual and new literacies

1.        Something fishy going on: Child readers and narrative literacy - Perry Nodelman (Canada)

2.        Drawing on the text: Ron Brooks and the art of collaboration - Jane Doonan (UK)

3.        On a walk with Lily and Satoshi Kitamura: how children link words and pictures along the way - Evelyn Arizpe ( UK) with Morag Styles (UK)

4.        The postmodern picture book: its place in post-literate pedagogy - Geoff Bull (USQ)

5.        The 'art' of research - Linda Knight (UTS)

6.        More than Cracking the Code: postmodern picture books and new literacies - Michele Anstey (USQ)


Part Two: Fantasy, speculative fiction and other worlds

7.        Bilbo Baggins or Lara Croft? Writing for teens in the ruins of the post-pentium apocalypse - Brian Caswell (Australia)  Looking for action: women in young adult fantasy - Sue Page (University of Canberra)

8.        The once and future kingdom of the soul - Sophie Masson (writer)


Part Three: New constructions of feminities and mascultinities

9.        Chills and thrills: childhood, boys and popular horror fiction - Linda Christian-Smith (University of Wisconsin)

10.     Fatal attractions: death, femininity and children's literature - Kerry Mallan (QUT)

11.     The representation of suicide in adolescent literature as a site of 'crossing boundaries' - John McKenzie (Christchurch College of Education)

12.     Not telling it straight - Ray Misson (The University of Melbourne)


Part Four: Social, cultural and linguistic effects on books for children

13.     Writing by children, writing for children: schema theory, narrative discourse and ideology - John Stephens (Macquarie University)

14.     Sociocultural background as a factor in acquisition of narrative discourse skills - Myrna Machet (University of South Africa, formerly Uni South Australia)

15.     Popular as a dirty word: investigating literary and cultural biases through a study of Paul Jennings - Jeri Kroll (Flinders University)

16.     At the crossroads: the market for children's publishing media - Robyn Sheahan-Bright (Griffith University)

17.     Teacher-as-artist, researcher-as-artist: creating structures for success - Rosemary Ross Johnston (UTS)




Features & benefits
  • Editors and contributors are renowned experts in their field and their diversity ensures an excellent breadth of views
  • Unique interdisciplinary perspective creates some common ground from a variety of different approaches to children's literature. Typically each discipline has drawn upon its own professional literature. Crossing the Boundaries aims to have new views from a variety of academic traditions introduced to the entire field. 
  • Thematic approach aids the cohesiveness of the text, which is structured in four Parts
    • Visual literacies and new literacies are explored in Part 1
    • Fantasy and speculative fiction are covered in Part 2
    • Gender forms a major theme of Part 3
    • Social, cultural and linguistic issues are the basis of Part 4
  • Full chapter on children's literature publishing media
  • Two chapters on fiction for young adults help provide an applied perspective
  • Current coverage of the field
Target audience
Market: Upper level UG and PG courses in Children's Literature in Schools of Humanities, particularly Education and English.