Rereading childhood Books: A Poetics

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    **Shortlisted for the ESSE Book Award 2020**
    Childhood books play a special role in reading histories, providing touchstones for our future tastes and giving shape to our ongoing identities. Bringing the latest work in Memory Studies to bear on writers' memoirs, autobiographical accounts of reading, and interviews with readers, Rereading Childhood Books explores how adults remember, revisit, and sometimes forget, these significant books.

    Asking what it means to return to familiar works by well-known authors such as Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis and Enid Blyton, as well as popular and ephemeral material not often considered as part of the canon, Alison Waller develops a poetics of rereading and presents a new model for understanding lifelong reading. As such she reconceives the history of children's literature through the shared and individual experiences of the readers who carry these books with them throughout their lives.

    © 2019, The Author(s). The attached document (embargoed until 07/08/2020) is an author produced version of a chapter published in Rereading Childhood Books: A Poetics uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self- archiving policy. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationLondon & New York
    Number of pages232
    ISBN (Electronic) 9781474298292
    ISBN (Print)9781474298285 , 9781350178236
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Feb 2019

    Publication series

    NameBloomsbury Perspectives on Children's Literature

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