Then and Now: Approaches to Understanding Children's Literature in Two Volumes

Baker M Bani-Khair, Imad M Khawaldeh


This research paper investigates two main volumes taken from Children's Literature Association Quarterly; the earlier one is Vol. 11 published in 1986, and the other one, a more recent one, Vol. 32 published in 2007, as to understand the differences and similarities regarding the approaches used in the articles to understand Children's Literature in terms of its multifarious aspects such us, literary genres, styles, themes, and methodologies. Such kind of comparison yielded that those differences between those two volumes cover new thematic suggestions, new treatment and projection of characters, and strict scholarship which make the newer volume different in terms of approaches from the earlier one. The research also concluded that modern analytical perspectives are probably the most obvious transformations and changes in the second volume.

Keywords: Volume, approach, childhood, construction, scholarship, transformation, modernism, historicism, analysis

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Barbara, W. (2007). And Then One Day There Was a War: Gertrude Stein, Children’s Literature, and World War II. Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 32(4), 340-53.

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