Containing Childhood: Space and Identity in Children’s Literature

Univ. of Mississippi. (Children’s Literature Association). Nov. 2022. 240p. ed. by Russell, Danielle, ed. Tr $99. ISBN 9781496841179; pap. $30. ISBN 9781496841186.
Considering titles from The Giver to Harriet the Spy to The Hate U Give, this edited collection presents diverse perspectives on the importance of place in literature for children and how these spaces reflect larger cultural perceptions of childhood. These essays also consider questions of censorship and the space of the story as a place for readers to engage and transform. This collection is thought-provoking and timely as we have spent the past three years reimagining the shape of our spaces in the pandemic.
VERDICT A fascinating and timely text from a range of contributors and perspectives.

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