Kipling's Children's Literature: Language, Identity, and Constructions of Childhood (Studies in Childhood) (Hardcover)

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Despite Kipling's popularity as an author and his standing as a politically controversial figure, much of his work has remained relatively unexamined due to its characterization as 'children's literature'. Sue Walsh challenges the apparently clear division between 'children's' and 'adult' literature, and poses important questions about how these strict categories have influenced critical work on Kipling and on literature in general. For example, why are some of Kipling's books viewed as children's literature, and what critical assumptions does this label produce? Why is it that Kim is viewed by critics as transcending attempts at categorization? Using Kipling as a case study, Walsh discusses texts such as Kim, The Jungle Books, the Just-So Stories, Puck of Pook's Hill, and Rewards and Fairies, re-evaluating earlier critical approaches and offering fresh readings of these relatively neglected works. In the process, she suggests new directions for postcolonial and childhood studies and interrogates the way biographical criticism on children's literature in particular has tended to supersede and obstruct other kinds of readings.

About the Author


Sue Walsh is a lecturer in the Department of English and American Literature at the University of Reading, UK.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780754655961
ISBN-10: 0754655962
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 28th, 2010
Pages: 186
Language: English
Series: Studies in Childhood