Tag Archives: Children’s literature

100 Must-read Books about Witches

S. Zainab Williams has compiled a great reading list here on witches in fiction.

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CFP: Call for Papers: Translation Studies and Children’s Literature, Brussels and Antwerp, 19-20 October 2017

A conference in Belgium: Call for Papers: Translation Studies and Children’s Literature – Current Topics and Future Perspectives — deadline 15 March 2017. Since the publication of pioneering works by Göte Klingberg, Riitta Oittinen and Zohar Shavit in the 1970s … Continue reading

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Fantasy Worlds with Frances Hardinge, Newcastle University, 8 February 2017

I apologise for not posting this sooner. The excellent children’s author Frances Hardinge, author of the Costa Award-winning The Lie Tree and the brilliant changeling novel The Cuckoo Song, will be talking on Wednesday, 8 February at Newcastle University–details here. … Continue reading

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Alan Garner — review essay

Alan Garner is one of the finest fantasy writers for children, though his work goes beyond both that genre and that audience. Michael Newton, in an excellent essay here, reviews First Light, ‘a festschrift of essays, reminiscences, poems and stories … Continue reading

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Fairy Tale Art

A lovely site, Art Passions Fairy Tales, full of fairy tale art and children’s books illustration, featuring all the classic artists such as Arthur Rackham, William Morris, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac, Gustave Doré, and many more, with full versions of … Continue reading

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Angela Carter: Children’s books and fairy tales

A great piece here from the TLS: Angela Carter reviewing children’s picture book versions of fairy tales with typical earthy wit, bemoaning the toning down of the more brutal aspects of their sources. And a saddening extract from a review … Continue reading

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China Miéville: Beatrix Potter, Enid Blyton and the ‘pictureskew’

A very interesting essay by China Miéville on the dark side of the picturesque and English landscape in children’s literature.

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Franziska Kohlt, ‘Alice in the asylum: Wonderland and the real mad tea parties of the Victorians’

An excellent article here by Franziska Kohlt, ‘Alice in the asylum: Wonderland and the real mad tea parties of the Victorians‘. Franziska looks at the Alice books and the theme of madness in the context of both the recent Disney … Continue reading

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Free Course: Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

I came across this free on-line course on Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, presented by The Hans Christian Andersen Centre at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark, via Future Learn (with whom I’m also doing a fascinating course … Continue reading

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Growing Up with the Undead: Vampires in the 20th- and 21st-Century Literature, Films and Television for Young Children

The following CFP had been released on the subject of vampires in children’s literature: ‘Since Bram Stoker’s seminal vampire novel, Dracula, published in 1897, the figure of the vampire has been a persistent presence in Western popular culture. Though largely … Continue reading

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