Science Fiction, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture: Coming of Age in Fantasyland (Hardback)
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Science Fiction, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture: Coming of Age in Fantasyland (Hardback)

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Hardback 176 Pages / Published: 30/04/2000
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In a constantly changing world, individuals are forever growing to meet the challenges and developments that emerge around them. In contemporary society, technology is at the heart of change. Literature, too, reflects the evolution of culture and increasingly represents and considers technology. And as children become young adults, their reading helps shape their understanding of the world. This book examines representative works of science fiction, children's literature, and popular culture to show how these works reflect the process of growing up in a technological world. The volume looks at the simple picture books and comic books that appeal to small children; the formulaic adventures that fascinate older children; the films and television programs that are watched by children and young adolescents; the music videos and programming that appeal to young adults; and the popular novels that interest older readers. Included are discussions of Superman, the Hardy Boys, Star Trek, science fiction films, and music videos. The book points to similarities among popular culture, science fiction, and children's literature and demonstrates the relevance of these works to contemporary society.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313308475
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Westfahl succeeds in his aim of showing that children's literature and pop culture have generally become more imaginative due to science fiction. The aroma of muckraking is what makes these studies so delightful and compulsively readable. Suitable to college-level readers and up, the book is one I heartily recommend to everybody."-Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
"Westfahl's playfulness gives rise to many intriguing speculations, conncecting popular culture phenomena in convincing but previously unarticulated ways."-The Midwest Book Review
"This title presents some interesting insights into an important area of children's culture. Undergraduates, in particular, will find this book a useful introduction to the subject."-Choice
"[G]ood reading. If science fiction fascinates you as a genre, then Gary Westfahl's books are a good place to look for interesting criticism. Westfahl's prose is clear and concise and, although this is definitely a scholarly book, it's easy to read and understand....I do recommend this book quite highly."-Entertainment Tomorrow
" G ood reading. If science fiction fascinates you as a genre, then Gary Westfahl's books are a good place to look for interesting criticism. Westfahl's prose is clear and concise and, although this is definitely a scholarly book, it's easy to read and understand....I do recommend this book quite highly."-Entertainment Tomorrow
?Westfahl's playfulness gives rise to many intriguing speculations, conncecting popular culture phenomena in convincing but previously unarticulated ways.?-The Midwest Book Review
?This title presents some interesting insights into an important area of children's culture. Undergraduates, in particular, will find this book a useful introduction to the subject.?-Choice
?[G]ood reading. If science fiction fascinates you as a genre, then Gary Westfahl's books are a good place to look for interesting criticism. Westfahl's prose is clear and concise and, although this is definitely a scholarly book, it's easy to read and understand....I do recommend this book quite highly.?-Entertainment Tomorrow
?Westfahl succeeds in his aim of showing that children's literature and pop culture have generally become more imaginative due to science fiction. The aroma of muckraking is what makes these studies so delightful and compulsively readable. Suitable to college-level readers and up, the book is one I heartily recommend to everybody.?-Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

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