Maps and Mapping in Children's Literature

Landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes

| Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
| University of Tübingen
ISBN 9789027201614 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027265463 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
Maps and Mapping in Children’s Literature is the first comprehensive study that investigates the representation of maps in children’s books as well as the impact of mapping on the depiction of landscapes, seascapes, and cityscapes in children’s literature. The chapters in this volume pursue a comparative approach as they represent a wide spectrum of diverse genres and national children’s literatures by examining a wealth of children’s books from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the USA. The theoretical and methodological approaches range from literary studies, developmental psychology, maps and geography literacy, ecocriticism, historical contextualization with both new historicist and political-historical leanings, and intermediality to materialist cartographies, cultural studies, island studies, and genre studies. By this, this volume aims at embedding children’s literature in a broader field of literary and cultural studies, thus situating children’s literature research within a general context of literary theory.
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Table of Contents
Table of figures
Introduction. Maps and mapping in children’s literature
Nina Goga and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer
Part 1. About mapping
Chapter 1. A cognitive-developmental perspective on maps in children’s literature
Lynn S. Liben
Chapter 2. Mapping the new citizen – Pedagogy of cartophobia: Philanthropic geographies in the late Enlightenment
Nikola von Merveldt
Chapter 3. A subtle cartography: Navigating the past in children’s fiction
Janet Grafton
Chapter 4. Metaphorical maps in picturebooks
Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer and Jörg Meibauer
Part 2. Literary shaping of real cityscapes
Chapter 5. Mapping a city – Berlin in a contemporary detective novel
Corina Löwe
Chapter 6. “New York just like I pictured it – skyscrapers and everything”*
Anna Katrina Gutierrez
Chapter 7. Itineraries and maps: Walking as a means of building mobile cartographies in Peter Sís’ Madlenka and The Three Golden Keys
Anna Juan Cantavella
Chapter 8. Bruno Munari’s visual mapping of the city of Milan: A historical analysis of the picturebook Nella nebbia di Milano
Marnie Campagnaro
Part 3. Fictional seascapes and landscapes
Chapter 9. “An island made of water quite surrounded by earth” Mapping out the seascape in nonsense literature
Olga Holownia
Chapter 10. Connecting worlds: Mapping space-time in three fictional islands
Maria Nikolajeva and Elizabeth Taylor
Chapter 11. Mapping illusions: Between the child’s fantasy world of Lev Kassil’s Sсhwambrania and the geography of a fledgling Soviet state
Olga Mikhaylova
Chapter 12. Mapping Middle Earth: A Tolkienian legacy
Björn Sundmark
Chapter 13. Landscapes of growth, faith, and doubt: Mixing and mapping fantasy geography and contemporary political issues
Nina Goga
About the editors and contributors
Name index
Subject index
“This is a wide-ranging and original exploration of a fascinating and neglected area of children’s literature studies. Its juxtaposition of cognitive theory, cartography, and cultural, political and literary thinking takes us from fact to fiction, from Middle-earth to Milan, from the Enlightenment to contemporary fantasy, from novels to picturebooks. The connections between childhood and children’s books, the mind and the map, and different cultural views of the world demonstrate the value of cross-disciplinary and international collaboration in the rapidly-developing field of cognition and literature.”
“This promises to be a stimulating and energetic collection of essays on maps in children’s books. It ranges widely in its international subject matter and theoretical approaches, bringing the tools of ecocriticism, cognitive development, political history and more to bear on picturebooks and novels for children and teenagers. A valuable contribution to the field.”
“[T]he volume no doubt achieves its goal of ‘offer[ing] the reader a broad range of new approaches to and new perspectives into the study of maps and mapping in children’s literature.”
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Subjects & Metadata

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: DSY – Children's literature studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT009000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's & Young Adult Literature
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017015069 | Marc record