Theory for Beginners: Children's Literature as Critical Thought (Paperback)
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Theory for Beginners: Children's Literature as Critical Thought (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 06/10/2020
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Publisher: Fordham University Press
ISBN: 9780823289608
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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Citing theorists who have found inspiration in "non-elite cultural materials" (Houston Baker drawing on the blues, Jack Halberstam on animation), Kenneth Kidd's generative and useful book considers what it would mean to ground a critical theory in books for young people. An ideal spokesbook for the public humanities, Kidd's lucid, accessible Theory for Beginners explores why small books are so good at raising big questions. By estranging the familiar and cultivating a sense of wonder, children's literature - Kidd shows us - teaches us not just how to read but how to read the world. -- Philip Nel, author of Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children's Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books (2017)
Is theory for beginners? If all theorists were as intellectually broad-minded, playfully pedagogical, and mercifully undogmatic as Kenneth Kidd, then it would be. His witty and wide-ranging account of how children's literature sometimes functions as theory and theory sometimes engages creatively with children (and other novices) is wonderfully eclectic and illuminating. -- Marah Gubar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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