Bloomsbury has been a committed publisher of literature for Children and Young Adults across its 30 year existence. Here at Bloomsbury Academic we are also dedicated to publishing the very best scholarship on writing for young people. In 2017 we’re delighted to be re-launching our flagship series Bloomsbury Perspectives on Children’s Literature. Edited by Lisa Sainsbury of the University of Roehampton (where she is also Director of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature), the series seeks to publish innovative cross-disciplinary work that opens up the field of children’s literature scholarship and sets new agendas for future research.
We’re delighted to have published Debbie Pullinger’s groundbreaking study of orality and text in modern children’s poetry, From Tongue to Text and Roni Natov’s study of the child hero, The Courage to Imagine. But here’s a sneak preview of what else is coming up in the series in 2018.
In Adulthood in Children’s Literature, Vanessa Joosen (University of Antwerp, Belgium) investigates images of adulthood in contemporary children’s literature. She compares the ways in which Dutch and English writers since the 1970s – including Philip Pullman, Babette Cole, Jacqueline Wilson, Ted van Lieshout and Guus Kuijer- have constructed representations of adulthood for younger readers.
The child as critical reader is the subject of Literature’s Children by Louise Joy (Homerton College, University of Cambridge). Looking at canonical texts from the “golden age” of children’s literature, including The Railway Children, The Wind in the Willows and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the book helps us understand anew the relationship between children and the books they read.
Rereading Childhood Books by Alison Waller (University of Roehampton) explores the experience of revisiting our remembered childhood books in adulthood. Waller brings the latest work in Memory Studies to bear on accounts from writers’ memoirs as well as interviews with readers, asking what it means to return to familiar books by authors such as Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis and Enid Blyton.
We turn our attention to the enduring legacy of a nineteenth-century classic of children’s literature in Kiera Vaclavik’s Fashioning Alice. In this book Vaclavik – who devised and curated the V&A Museum of Childhood’s 2015 exhibit “The Alice Look” – charts the story of how Lewis Carroll’s adventurer became a style icon and a lasting influence on fashion designers from the Victorian period to the present.
To keep an eye on this and other future titles coming in the series keep this link bookmarked. And if you might be interested in contributing a book to the series please contact our Senior Publisher here at Bloomsbury: David.Avital@bloomsbury.com.