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Over the Rainbow: Queer Children's and Young Adullt Literature [Paperback]

Michelle Ann Abate , Kenneth Kidd

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March 29 2011
""Over the Rainbow" is lively, engaging, and thoughtful. More to the point, the field of children's literature needs such a collection."---Katherine Capshaw Smith, University of ConnecticutIn spite of the growing critical interest concerning gender and sexual nonnormativity in and around narratives written for young readers, no book-length volume on the subject has yet appeared. "Over the Rainbow: Queer Children's and Young Adult Literature" is the first collection of essays dedicated to LGBTQ issues in children's literature. Bringing together significant essays and introducing new work, "Over the Rainbow" is intended to serve both as a scholarly reference and as a textbook for students of children's studies; gender/queer studies; and related disciplines such as English, history, sociology, and education. Editors Michelle Ann Abate and Kenneth Kidd showcase important essays on the subject of LGBTQ children's and young adult literature ---including "Harriet the Spy, Rainbow Boys, Little Women," the "Harry Potter" series, and "A Separate Peace"---while providing a provisional history of both the literature and the scholarship and examining the field's origins, current status, and possible future orientations."Over the Rainbow" collects essays by Jes Battis, Robin Bernstein, Thomas Crisp, June Cummins, Elizabeth A. Ford, Sherrie A. Inness, Christine A. Jenkins, Vanessa Wayne Lee, Biddy Martin, Robert McRuer, Claudia Nelson, Jody Norton, Tison Pugh, Catherine Tosenberger, Eric L. Tribunella, Roberta Seelinger Trites, and Andrea Wood. These pieces will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of children's literature, American Studies, LGBTQ and queer studies, cultural studies, and literary criticism.Cover art: Original title page of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," by Frank L. Baum, illustrated by W. W. Denslow. New York: George M. Hill, 1900.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472051466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472051465
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #759,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For each group of essays, Abate and Kidd raise questions ... about 'the canon' and the relationship between queerness and canonicity; identity politics and the transformative power of children's literature; and how queerness moves among nonnormative readers, reading practices, and genres. Taken together, these tensions highlight the fundamental questions underpinning queer approaches to children's and young adult literature, which scholars will inevitably face as we navigate the flexible and shifting meanings of queerness."--"Children's Literature Association Quarterly"--Gabrielle Owen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln"Children's Literature Association Quarterly" (06/01/2012) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kenneth Kidd is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida.Michelle Abate is Associate Professor of English at Hollins University. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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