“Throw the book away”
Reading versus Experience in Children’s Fantasy
About the Book
Children’s literature is an excellent way to educate children, on everything from social behavior and beliefs to attitudes toward education itself. A major aspect of children’s literature is the importance of books and reading. Books represent adult authority.
This book examines the role that books, reading and writing play in children’s fantasy fiction, from books that act as artifacts of power (The Abhorsen Trilogy, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Harry Potter) to interactive books (The Neverending Story, Malice, Inkheart) to books with character-writers (Percy Jackson, Captain Underpants). The author finds that although books and reading often play a prominent role in fantasy for children, the majority of young protagonists gain self-sufficiency not by reading but specifically by moving beyond books and reading.
About the Author(s)
Amie A. Doughty is an associate professor of English at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. She is a member of the Popular Culture and Children’s Literature associations and lives in Oneonta.
Amie A. Doughty
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Part I. Overviews
1. Children’s Literature, Fantasy and Metaﬁction 9
2. Books as Artifacts of Power 27
3. Interacting with Books 50
4. The Writer-Character in Children’s Fantasy 64
5. Books and Storytelling in Film 81
Part II. Speciﬁc Series
6. Harry Potter, Book Learning, Adolescent Scribbling and SelfReliance 111
7. Inkheart and the Rejection of Literacy 140
8. Living Characters and Life Behind the Scenes in The Sylvie Cycle 155
Chapter Notes 169