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Kiddie Lit The Cultural Construction of Children's Literature in America

Beverly Lyon Clark Þ 4 review

This was awful Seemed like someone s thesis It didn t teach me anything about evaluating children s literature It just listed people s complaints about books The last chapter on Disney spoke of the movies Not the literature they re based on A well researched analysis of the different ways kiddie lit is perceived and often brushed off by adults in America An interesting premise with a dry approach I ll stick with Nancie Atwell thank you This is one of the most thoroughly researched A Foxs Love (American Kitsune histories I ve ever read Simply incredible There is a pattern to the book which drives its thesis my only criticism is that Clark makes a claim in the final chapter that she never actually does in the novel though pretty dense in places this bookad some interesting ideas about the reception of children s literature in america from the 19th century to current day clark discusses burnett twain aclott baum lewis rowling and disney and what reactions from critics over time say about the construction of american childhood there are some very interesting ideas and tidbits The Provocateur here but certainly not a uick and pithy read not for the faint ofeart Clark both argues for and provides a istory of critical work on children s literature by the gatekeepers of literary criticism in America whether the journals of the nineteenth century genteel intelligentsia or those of the academy in the twentieth century Amidst a sometimes boring wash of statistics used to chart the course of interest from children adults and critics in children s literature Clark manages to make a number of astute observations on the intersections of age with class and gender in the stigmatization of children s lit studies Interestingly a book by a literary theorist who teaches at Wheaton College not X Elementary School about the practice of literary criticism is situated by the University of Alabama not among the volumes of literary theory and criticism in Gorgas Library but instead in the McClure Education library among volumes of pedagogical interest to those pursuing a degree in Elementary Education Telling no From the onset of Kiddie Lit I was eager to read about Clark s take on children s literature as well as er attempt to answer the uestions she raises including How Never an outbreak have Americans responded to children s literature during the last century and aalf and How Pride have we constructed childhood 168 However the bulk ofer chapters are repetitive in discussing reviews toy lines and library circulation numbers She picks GREAT CANONICAL WORKS INCLUDING TOM SAWYER canonical works including Tom Sawyer Women Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter yet I wanted a captivating A stirring polemical defense of the study of childhood and children yet I wanted a captivating A stirring polemical defense of the study of childhood and children literature Her pressing need to thoroughly support erself with statistical data library circulation numbers book reviews best of lists etc makes the book authoritative and yet a bit repetitive and sometimes I found myself wanting to refute everything she was arguing with a simple subjective retort *IE COME ON THOUGH LITTLE LORD *Come on though Little Lord isn t actually that good a book but overall this book is fascinating informative clear and important Her readings of Burnett Henry James and the Oz phenomenon are especially interesting and memorable and the context she provides about reading practices in the mid nineteenth century and ow books were written for all age groups to be read together as a family is important for any nineteenth century literature scholar to Isotopic Carbon have This read pretty much like a dissertation Certainly well researched but also uite dull and obsessively focused on some. The popularity of the Harry Potter books among adults and the critical acclaim these young adult fantasiesave received may seem like a novel literary phenomenon In the nineteenth century owever readers considered both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as works of literature eually for children and adults; only later was the former relegated to the category of boys' books while the latter even as it was canonized came freuently to be regarded as unsuitable for young readers Adults women and men wept over Little Women And America's most prestigious literary journals regularly reviewed books written for both children and their parents This egalitarian approach to children's literat. Few particular works of children s literature Readers could probably get away with reading the last 4 pages and get the general gist of the entire book critics don t appreciate children s literature and that s a shame I feel I could ve gotten the same point from a journal article I wish Lyon Clark ad infused feeling or personal opinion into this It wasn t always entirely clear if she was defending children s literature or disdaining it along with critics It seems the most feeling was in the final two sentences Children want to grow up uickly because they too get the message childhood is childish The best response is probably Walt Disney s What the Step Out of Your Story hell s wrong with something being childish p 183In short as a librarian I agreeforget the critics I d rather kids read Harry Potter enjoy it and come back for than Alice in Wonderland and determine theyate reading all together I don t know much about kids but I m positive that most kids don t give a flying fuck if Harold Bloom cares about the books they are reading or if e says that their favorite novel is not considered a classic To be fair to Bloom kids also don t care what Derrida Jameson Fyre Edmund Wilson Eagleton Walter Benjamin Henry James or any other theorist thinks about their reading tastes If you don t believe me go up to some Twilight fan and tell them that if Derrida were still alive e would probably never write a single word about the book they are reading and see if they don t do much than stare blankly at you This woman cares though She seems to care a lot about what these types of people think about children s books But exactly what she wants I ave no idea She doesn t like them being treated as children books she doesn t like them being turned into adult books She doesn t like any kind of criticism being leveled at them for *example it s ok to praise early disney *it s ok to praise early Disney as soon as the uality of Disney starts to decline you better not start taking critical pot shots at the family industry e Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles has created and is now milking but she also doesn t want the critical ie academic world to not mention them either I think she would beappiest if everyone just smiled a lot and wrote articles about ow wonderful books she likes are There are so many things wrong with this book She never really proves much about the uality of the books she is arguing for Instead she relies on things like sales statistics appearances on librarian s reading lists and at what number sometimes to my bewilderment when she gets annoyed at a book only being number four on what number sometimes to my bewilderment when she gets annoyed at a book only being number four on list and the number of times a book as been written about or not written about in academic journals That s fine but is the book any good What makes it that attention should be paid to the book According to Odd Man In her criteria in the future the late 20th century literature that should be most deserving of being studied is James Patterson and Nora Roberts The numbers don t lie This though might be true iner eyes than one would think she also seems to Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale have the opinion that the NYT Best seller list is a be all end all of cultured readersThis author suffers from an infantile malady that is not uncommon in our country and especially not among people of the baby boomer generation It s not that she loves children s books but that she seems stuck in the developmental stage where she can not fathom someoneaving a differing opinion than Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children her Childrenave this They can t
why someone doesn t like they like or Carlyle Marney how someone can like something theyate People stuck in this stage of development really like to be in the. Ure changed with the emergence of literary studies as a scholarly discipline at the turn of the twentieth century Academics considered children's books an inferior literature and beneath serious considerationIn Kiddie Lit Beverly Lyon Clark explores the marginalization of children's literature in America and its recent possible reintegration both within the academy and by the mainstream critical establishment Tracing the reception of works by Mark Twain Louisa May Alcott Lewis Carroll Frances Hodgson Burnett L Frank Baum Walt Disney and J K Rowling Clark reveals fundamental shifts in the assessment of the literary worth of books beloved by both children and adults whether written. ,

Majority they like to see that their favorite records are on best selling lists that their favorite authors Shameful have best seller written on them Popularity to them is synonymous with uality Not that they choose what they like based on what is popular but they get angry when what they love isn t universally adored As a second experiment tell a baby boomer that you think the Rolling Stones or pick a band are over rated vaguely talented and derivative this argument works for most bands because most of them are that s not to say enjoyment can t bead from over rated vaguely talented and derivative bands can t be ad from over rated vaguely talented and derivative bands can almost guarantee one of the first arguments they come sputtering out with is about ow popular the Stones or Dylan or whatever band or person you choose is Try it To really get someone s goat use The Beatles even if you don t agree with the criteria just see if they say something extolling their musical virtues or rather do they say something about Beatlemania Sacred Landscapes how many people liked themThere are so many things I can go off on I won t though I almost gave it three stars because it inspired so much rancor in me against baby boomers but it s really only a two star book so i assume this is someones published dissertation or something i didnt expect it to be riveting but i did sort of expect a cohesive argument to distill it to one thought childrens books are not as well respected as this lady would like them to be done i just saved y all a bunch of reading time the best thing about this book were some nice uotes from ray bradbury baum was ateart a little old maid librarian crammed with Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, honey muffins and warm tea lewis carroll sippedis tea cold digested ciphers and burped logic gone a teensy bit awry carroll would Gold Rush have got you out of bed at five in the morning to recite logarithms baum wouldave leaped into your bed and done you in with a pillow fight and anthony olden the popular or bestselling an adult book the less likely it is to be considered literature while the popularity of
childrens book sees big literary being made on its behalf this last uote comes after blc gets whiny about the new york times creating a separate bestseller list right before the release of the fifth arry potter book because the first four volumes were still on the adult bestseller list and the assumption was that the fifth one would also make the list and that would suck for adults who wanted to read books designed for adult tastes and i dont always agree with the books that make the bestseller list but good lord five Hunted harry potters at one time its absurd i just dont agree with this argument about the victimization of young literature even though iave recently come to see that the current crop of childrens and teen fiction is much sophisticated and entertaining than i ad believed before i started this class it still is what it is literature intended for younger readers and considering ow many adults read teen fiction and arry potter and the like er argument Biz Talk-2 has no validity there are tons of critical responses to literature for the young adult and millions of adults are reading books designed for teens and younger i suspect adults are reading twilight this summer than are reading gravitys rainbower dissatisfaction with the marginalization of childrens books and then Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, her dissatisfaction with its bestseller status makes me uote my last uote fromorace scudder we are no doubt unreasonable readers we object to the blood and thunder literature and when in place of it we A Historical Atlas of Tibet have the milk and sugar we object again what do we want. For boys or girls While uncovering the institutional underpinnings of this transition Clark also attributes it to changing American attitudes toward childhood itself a cultural resistance to the intrinsic value of childhood expressed through sentimentality condescension and moralizingClark's engaging and enlightening study of the critical disregard for children's books since the end of the nineteenth century which draws on recent scholarship in gender cultural and literary studies offers provocative new insights into theistory of both children's literature and American literature in general and forcefully argues that the books our children read and love demand greater respect.

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