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Caribbean Children's Literature, Volume 2 - Critical Approaches

Caribbean Children's Literature, Volume 2

Critical Approaches

Edited by Betsy Nies & Melissa García Vega
Series: Children's Literature Association Series

Hardcover : 9781496844583, 298 pages, 8 b&w illustrations, May 2023
Paperback : 9781496844590, 298 pages, 8 b&w illustrations, May 2023

The second installment of an essential anthology on children's literature of the Caribbean and its diaspora


Contributions by Jarrel De Matas, Summer Edward, Teófilo Espada-Brignoni, Pauline Franchini, Melissa García Vega, Dannabang Kuwabong, Amanda Eaton McMenamin, Betsy Nies, and Michael Reyes

Caribbean Children's Literature, Volume 2: Critical Approaches offers analyses of the works of writers of the Anglophone Caribbean and its diaspora—or, except for one chapter on Francophone Caribbean children’s literature, those who write in English. The volume addresses the four language regions, early children’s literature of conquest—in particular, the US colonization of Puerto Rico—and the fine line between children’s and adult literature. It explores multiple young adult genres, probing the nuances and difficulties of historical fiction and the anticolonial impulses of contemporary speculative fiction. Additionally, the volume offers an overview of the literature of disaster and recovery, significant for readers living in a region besieged by earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding.

In this anthology and its companion anthology, international and regional scholars provide coverage of both areas, offering in-depth explorations of picture books, middle-grade, and young adult stories. The volumes examine the literary histories of both children’s and young adult literature according to language region, its use (or lack thereof) in schools, and its place in the field of publishing. Taken together, the essays expand our understanding of Caribbean literature for young people.


"Focusing on children’s literature which has arguably not received much attention—from picture books for young children to adolescent literature across the Anglo/Franco/Hispanophone Caribbean—this book will make a contribution to the already rich field of Caribbean literary critique."

- Nicha Selvon-Ramkissoon, assistant professor at the University of Trinidad and Tobago