The Widening World of Children’s Literature

  • Susan Ang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 169-203

About this book


This book looks at the changing shape of children's literature in English from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. In particular it examines the dialect between 'enclosure' and 'exposure', control and freedom of both fictional child and child reader, how the balance of these forces has altered over time, and the possible reasons for these changes. It also looks at the representation of the child in the English novel from the 1830s to the 1860s - the period preceding the publication of Alice in Wonderland , the first major work of literature for children - and the influence of such representation in later children's books. Writers as well known as Lewis Carroll, Louisa M. Alcott, Rudyard Kipling and Charlotte Brontë are examined in the course of this work, but this study also considers works which have been (unfairly) neglected till now and which deserve to be better known; this list includes the Marlow series by Antonia Forest, Jane Gardam's Bilgewater and Henry Handel Richardson's The Getting of Wisdom .


children''s literature English literature Rudyard Kipling

Authors and affiliations

  • Susan Ang
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  1. 1.Department of English Language and LiteratureNational University of SingaporeSingapore

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