Children's Culture and Ecocriticism
Contributions by Sidney I. Dobrin, Kenneth B. Kidd, Maude Hines, Kaye Adkins, M. Lynn Byrd, Marion W. Copeland, Karen Welberry, Lynn Overholt Wake, Nicole M. DuPlessis, Bob Henderson, Merle Kennedy, Chuck Chamberlin, Tara L. Holton, Tim Rogers, Arlene Plevin, Kamala Platt, Naomi Wood, Michelle H. Martin and Susan Jaye Dauer
Studies in children's culture and ecocriticism have been largely separate enterprises; Wild Things is the first book to conjoin the two fields. The book provides scholars and teachers with in-depth discussion of particular texts as well as larger historical patterns and theoretical paradigms. Essays focus on classic literary works such as Charlotte's Web and The Lorax as well as series fiction, nature magazines, environmental music and videos, the Muppets and other Jim Henson productions, and Disney's latest theme park, Animal Kingdom. Affording the reader a return to the wild places of childhood—both real and imagined—Wild Things is a first-class exploration of the dimensions used to teach children about ecological systems and the natural world that surrounds them.
About the Authors
Kenneth B. Kidd is Assistant Professor of English and associate director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at the University of Florida. He is the author of Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).
"Spanning the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, from Peter Pan and Charlotte's Web to Disney World and Saturday morning television, Dobrin and Kidd's Wild Things is a cogent and useful examination of children's literature and culture in the contexts of ecocriticsm, ecology, and environmentalism. Its scope and substance will appeal to scholars and teachers at all levels as well as the general public."—Anne K. Phillips, Kansas State University
"Children's literature is never innocent, for at serious play are ideologies, discourses, and politics vying to shape the future. This inaugural collection of ecocritical essays on children's literature and media fruitfully enlarges the purview of ecocriticism and, in places, challenges its very norms."—Cheryll Glotfelty, Co-Editor of the Ecocriticism Reader