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Children's literature, animals and the environment

Lesnik-Oberstein, K. (2020) Children's literature, animals and the environment. In: Zhu, Z. (ed.) A Collection of Lectures on Children's Literature by Renowned Scholars. China Social Sciences Press, Jinan, China. (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

This chapter discusses critical approaches to children's literature, animals and the environment in terms of the fact that there can be few ideas in Western culture as intimately connected and intertwined as ‘nature and the child’. The child as the natural, the natural in the adult as the child, the child of nature, the child in nature, the nature of the child; these concepts permeate the processes of self-definition of adults and adult society. Both the child and nature are central to cultural characterizations of selfhood and otherness, identity and consciousness. Since definitions of the ‘child’ and its nature are central to definitions and characterizations of ‘children’s literature’, constructions of childhood can be read both within the texts of ‘children’s literature’ and in relation to claims about the child audiences to whom the books are supposedly addressed.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:No
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood (CIRCL)
ID Code:79453
Uncontrolled Keywords:children's literature; critical approaches; animals' environment
Publisher:China Social Sciences Press

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