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J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan In and Out of Time: A Children's Classic at 100 (Children's Literature Association Centennial Studies) Hardcover – April 27, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0810854284 ISBN-10: 0810854287

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The Edwardian playwright and novelist first introduced the character Peter Pan in a novel for adults, The Little White Bird (1902). Two years later, his wildly successful play, Peter Pan, opened in London, and in 1911 he published a novelized version of the play, Peter and Wendy. Over the past 100 years, Barrie's creation, which grew out of the stories he told two young brothers, has taken on a life of its own. Besides inspiring animated and live-action films, musical theater, and a best-selling prequel, the story has been a major influence on a century of children's writers. The 15 scholarly articles in this collection chart that influence and place Peter Pan in historical context, examining the story from the modern viewpoints of feminism, post-colonial studies, and popular culture. The valuable, well-organized introduction outlines the development of English pantomime, a tradition unfamiliar to many modern American scholars, showing clearly how the play Peter Pan is firmly rooted in this tradition. Academic libraries that support the scholarly study of children's and Edwardian literature will want this multifaceted study of the immortal boy who never grew up.—Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
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Academic libraries that support the scholarly study of children's and Edwardian literature will want this multifaceted study... (School Library Journal, January 2007)

The combined work of the book's eighteen contributors...exemplifies not only how this children's classic continues to fascinate young readers, but why Peter Pan is also a surprisingly—often shockingly—adult story. (English Literature In Transition, Vol. 50, No. 2 (2007))

This collection of essays featuring contributions by young, mostly American scholars marks the centenary of the first publication of the play Peter Pan (1904). (Bookbird, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2007)

This new centenary collection provides appropriately rich and protean responses to its subject, the most fruitful of them investigating the textual, narrative, and linguistic challenges presented by the many-faceted and multiple versions of Peter Pan. Donna White and Anita Tarr deserve our thanks for compiling an exemplary collection of essays....Peter Pan in and out of Time exhibits the richness and variety that can come with maturity, in this case, critical maturity. At the same time that this essay collection provides a fitting tribute to the durability of the Peter Pan mythos and the complex of desires and fears it encodes, it also provides entertaining, incisive, and useful ways of understanding this complex of texts. (Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Spring 2007))

...a seminal collection that adds to the growing scholarship on children's literature and attests to the popularity of and growing interest in literature for children. It is a work that is informed by scholarship and research of which only experts are capable; but is addressed to all...the book is a great accomplishment and deserves praise. (H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online)

...academic readers will find this book useful. (Literary Criticism)
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Product Details

  • Series: Children's Literature Association Centennial Studies (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (April 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810854287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810854284
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kyethra on September 13, 2007
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J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan In and Out of Time: A Children's Classic at 100 is a wonderful resource for anyone who wishes to look at Peter Pan in a critical fashion. I first discovered this book through the library when I was doing a project on Peter Pan, and after I absolutely could not delay returning the book any longer, I found myself constantly refering to my bibliography and missing the book. So I ordered it! The essays in the book refer far beyond just Peter Pan-- the time period and ideas referenced are critical to understand when looking at other works in context, and also when looking at certain historical concepts. Since starting graduate school in Library Science, I've looked at this book several times, and most of those instances I was looking for general information in the essays regarding adolescense, gender roles, and other ideas and issues that are touched upon. I highly recommend this book!
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