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Alma Taylor, Mary Pickford, and Girlhood in Early British and Hollywood Cinema  

Matthew Smith

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
This chapter uses Mary Pickford and Alma Taylor as a site on which to explore the discursive history of the girl-child on-screen and the changing role of women in Britain and the United ... More

The American Tween and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema  

Timothy Shary

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
The “tween” population (youth between eleven and thirteen years of age) has become an increasingly vital and distinctive demographic for American cinema, both as a target audience and as ... More

Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Together as a Primer for Critical Literacy  

Teya Rosenberg

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article argues that the Frog and Toad books function as useful literary “primers,” not just for young children, but for college students as well. It also shows that Frog and Toad ... More

Blending Genres and Crossing Audiences: and the Future of Literary Fiction  

Karin E. Westman

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article describes J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series' (1997–2007) generic hybridity, focusing on elements of the school story, bildungsroman, and fantasy in the texts. It specifically ... More

Castaways: , Child Bookmakers, and the Possibilities of Literary Flotsam  

Karen Sánchez-Eppler

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article explores the work of two generations of children in a Boston family who created their own books by taking the history of Johann David Wyss's The Swiss Family Robinson (1812, ... More

The Cat in the Hippie: Dr. Seuss, Nonsense, the Carnivalesque, and the Sixties Rebel  

Kevin Shortsleeve

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article shows that the works of Dr. Seuss, the most beloved bard of children's nonsense—and especially The Cat in the Hat (TCITH) (1957)—can be read within the context of the dramatic ... More

Changing Conceptions of Childhood in the Work of the Children’s Film Foundation  

Robert Shail

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
This chapter outlines the history of the Children’s Film Foundation, a unique body that, for nearly thirty years, produced films specifically created for an audience of children in the ... More

Children’s Film and the Problematic “Happy Ending”  

Noel Brown

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
In the popular consciousness, children’s films and happy endings are regarded as virtually synonymous. With close analysis of a wide range of international films, this chapter explores the ... More

Children’s Films and the Avant-Garde  

Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
IAbstract: This chapter focuses on the relationship between children’s films and avant-garde movements, with an emphasis on avant-garde films. The period it covers spans almost hundred ... More

Comics  

Corey Creekmur

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Nov 2014
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Oct 2014
This chapter summarizes the history of science fiction comics from early newspaper comic strips through comic books up to recent graphic novels. Noting that science fiction comics are ... More

Coming-of-Age in South Korean Cinema  

Sung-Ae Lee

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
Two narrative scripts are employed in the coming-of-age story in South Korean films. The well-being script depicts a protagonist who, by the close, has reached a state of contentment with ... More

The Cop and the Kid in 1930s American Film  

Pamela Robertson Wojcik

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May 2022
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This chapter examines some of the numerous moments in 1930s films when kids encounter the police. In films starring the Dead End Kids, Shirley Temple, Jane Withers, Jackie Cooper, kids are ... More

Craft and Play in Lotte Reiniger’s Fairy-Tale Films  

Caroline Ruddell

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
Although Lotte Reiniger’s films are both animated and often based on fairy tales, her films, perhaps surprisingly, are not often explicitly associated with children. This chapter seeks to ... More

A Cross-Written Harlem Renaissance: Langston Hughes’s  

Katharine Capshaw Smith

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article opens up the literary, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of the Harlem Renaissance by discussing how children were imagined within this movement and by examining in particular ... More

Danny Kaye as Children’s Film Star  

Bruce Babington

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
One of the major “comedian comics” of the 1940s and 1950s, Danny Kaye is indelibly associated with children, through both his role as a UNICEF Special Ambassador (1954–1987) for Children ... More

A Daughter of the House: Discourses of Adoption in L. M. Montgomery’s  

Mavis Reimer

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article reviews the documentary evidence against Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (1908) to argue that the figure of the adopted (white, Canadian) child—and the British ... More

Disney’s Adult Audiences  

James R. Mason

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
Disney films are synonymous with children’s films, yet many adults also watch them, with or without children. Adult relationships with Disney films change, and the films that Disney ... More

Disney’s Musical Landscapes  

Daniel Batchelder

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
This chapter traces the early aesthetic development of music-image relationships in the animated films of the Walt Disney Studio. While practical concerns largely informed Disney’s initial ... More

Don Bluth and the Disney Renaissance  

Peter C. Kunze

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May 2022
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Apr 2022
lidAbstract: The Disney Renaissance, a period of creative revitalization and corporate expansion, has long dominated the history of a larger rejuvenation in US animation production across ... More

Dumbo, Disney, and Difference: Walt Disney Productions and Film as Children’s Literature  

Nicholas Sammond

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article examines the ways in which Walt Disney created a cinematic empire by selling his creations as “good for children.” It links them to classic children's literature and ... More

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