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Book Group

Research in children's literature and culture in the Faculty is internationally acknowledged. Theoretical frameworks employed by group members are innovative, original, and frequently cross-disciplinary, including recent directions such as ecocriticism, posthumanism and animal studies, cognitive narratology, spatial and material studies, digital technologies and multimedial literacies.

In our research, we address two fundamental issues:

  1. What is children's literature and what is its role in children's and young people's intellectual, emotional and social development? In addressing these questions, we build on 40+ years of international research into texts written and marketed specifically for young audiences, developing unique methodologies for examining genres, fictionality, spatiality and temporality, narrative structure, themes and ideology, including aspects such as gender, race, class, culture, disability and age. Most of this research is qualitative; however, advanced quantitative methods, including distant reading and corpus linguistics, are becoming a significant element of research.

  2. How can children's literature inform classroom practices? This question is addressed both through theoretical research, based on reader-response theory, cultural semiotics and cognitive literary studies, and empirical research, involving projects aimed at understanding the ways children and young people engage with various types of texts, including novels, poetry, information books, picturebooks, graphic novels, films, games, digital texts and multimedia