Childhood in the Shadow of War
Contributions by Kenneth B. Kidd, Mark Jonathan Harris, Mitzi Myers, Naomi Sokoloff, Maria Tatar, Gary Dickson, M.O. Grenby, Eric J. Johnson, Emer O'Sullivan, Lore Segal, U. C. Knoepflmacher, Adrienne Kertzer, John Gall, Pamela Reynolds, John Aiken and Anna Letitia Barbauld
The first three sections explore war's effect on children from the Children's Crusade through World War II, with a special emphasis on the Holocaust. Contributors in these sections pay close attention to the effects of war on the collective memory and consciousness of both children and authors, investigating how these experiences serve as fodder for fantasy and as a justification for the abundance of realism in children's books. The final section studies in detail children's books and stories from the world-renowned Cotsen Collection at Princeton University, including C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Dedicated to the memory of Mitzi Myers, Under Fire concludes with a personal essay by Myers, who considers the unexpected and long-reaching effects of children's literature on her own life.
Under Fire helps readers to understand why matters of life and death have always been at the heart of enduring works for children. Children's studies scholars and students and teachers of children's literature will appreciate this multifaceted and intriguing volume.
About the Authors
Andrea Immel is the curator of Princeton University's Cotsen Children's Library.
Contributors: Gary Dickson, John Gall, Elizabeth Goodenough, M. O. Grenby, Mark Jonathan Harris, Mark A. Heberle, Margaret R. Higonnet, Andrea Immel, Adrienne Kertzer, Kenneth Kidd, U. C. Knoepflmacher, Mitzi Myers, Emer O'Sullivan, Pamela Reynolds, Lore Segal, Naomi Sokoloff, Maria Tatar
"In the collection of Under Fire, war is read first as a historical event translated into text, but the contributors also explore the stories that emerge from the history for both child readers and the adults around them."—Children\'s Literature Assocaition Quarterly
"A interdisciplinary collection, Under Fire draws primarily upon literary criticism and childhood studies, seeking to question how warefare in represented by and for children, how this changes according to time and place and what are, or should be, the purpose of such representations."—Childhood