Mothers in Children's and Young Adult Literature
From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism

Edited By Lisa Rowe Fraustino
and Karen Coats

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 3 b&w illustrations, 2 tables, introduction, bibliography, index

9781496806994 Printed casebinding $60.00S

9781496818430 Paper $30.00S

Printed casebinding, $60.00

Paper, $30.00

From didactic nursery rhymes to Coraline and The Hunger Games, an engagement with the vital figure of the mother

Contributions by Robin Calland, Lauren Causey, Karen Coats, Sara K. Day, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, Anna Katrina Gutierrez, Adrienne Kertzer, Koeun Kim, Alexandra Kotanko, Jennifer Mitchell, Mary Jeanette Moran, Julie Pfeiffer, and Donelle Ruwe

Living or dead, present or absent, sadly dysfunctional or merrily adequate, the figure of the mother bears enormous freight across a child's emotional and intellectual life. Given the vital role literary mothers play in books for young readers, it is remarkable how little scholarly attention has been paid to the representation of mothers outside of fairy tales and beyond studies of gender stereotypes. This collection of thirteen essays begins to fill a critical gap by bringing together a range of theoretical perspectives by a rich mix of senior scholars and new voices. Following an introduction in which the coeditors describe key trends in interdisciplinary scholarship, the book's first section focuses on the pedagogical roots of maternal influence in early children's literature. The next section explores the shifting cultural perspectives and subjectivities of the twentieth century. The third section examines the interplay of fantasy, reality, and the ethical dimensions of literary mothers. The collection ends with readings of postfeminist motherhood, from contemporary realism to dystopian fantasy.

The range of critical approaches in this volume will provide multiple inroads for scholars to investigate richer readings of mothers in children's and young adult literature.

Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Ashford, Connecticut, is professor and chair of the Department of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. She has edited three collections of short fiction for young adults and authored several books for young readers, including the 2010 Milkweed Prize winner, The Hole in the Wall. Karen Coats, Normal, Illinois, is professor of English at Illinois State University. She is author of Looking Glass and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literature and Children's Literature and the Developing Reader and coeditor of Handbook of Research on Children's and Young Adult Literature and The Gothic in Children's Literature: Haunting the Borders.

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 3 b&w illustrations, 2 tables, introduction, bibliography, index