Alt Kid Lit: What Children's Literature Might Be (Children's Literature Association) (Paperback)

Alt Kid Lit: What Children's Literature Might Be (Children's Literature Association) By Kenneth B. Kidd (Editor), Derritt Mason (Editor) Cover Image
By Kenneth B. Kidd (Editor), Derritt Mason (Editor)
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Contributions by Kristopher Alexander, Amanda K. Allen, Brianna Anderson, Catherine Burwell, Katharine Capshaw, Negin Dahya, Gabriel Duckels, Paige Gray, Gabrielle Atwood Halko, Natasha Hurley, Kenneth B. Kidd, Erica Law-Montes, Derritt Mason, Brandon Murakami, Tehmina Pirzada, Cristina Rhodes, Cristina Rivera, Jakob Rosendal, TreaAndrea M. Russworm, Vivek Shraya, Victoria Ford Smith, Joshua Whitehead, and Shuyin Yu

How do we think about children's and young adult literature? Children's literature is often defined through audience, so what happens when children are drawn to and claim genres not built expressly "for" them? To what extent do canonical formations tend to overwrite or obscure less visible efforts to create and promote material for the young? These are the driving questions of Alt Kid Lit: What Children's Literature Might Be.

Contributors to the volume offer theoretical meditations on the category of children's and young adult literature as well as case studies of materials that complicate our understanding of such. Chapters attend to a diverse array of subjects including the "non-places" of children's literature; child mediums; Black theater for children; children's interpretive drawings; fanfiction; Latinx, Indigenous, and silkpunk speculative fiction; environmental zines; sh┼Źnen anime; Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal; South Asian television; and "emergency children's literature." The book also features interviews with two experimental writers about genre and alt-publishing and a roundtable conversation on video games and children's digital engagements. Building on diverse approaches including queer theory and postcolonial studies, Alt Kid Lit shines light on materials, methodologies, and epistemologies that are sometimes underacknowledged in the field of children's and young adult literature studies.

About the Author


Kenneth B. Kidd is professor of English at University of Florida. He is author of three books, most recently Theory for Beginners: Children's Literature as Critical Thought, and coeditor of four essay collections. With Elizabeth Marshall, he coedits Routledge's Children's Literature and Culture series. Derritt Mason is associate professor of English at the University of Calgary. They are author of Queer Anxieties of Young Adult Literature and Culture. Kidd and Mason are coeditors of Queer as Camp: Essays on Summer, Style, and Sexuality.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781496851031
ISBN-10: 149685103X
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 300
Language: English
Series: Children's Literature Association