Religion, Children’s Literature
& Modernity in Western Europe

Edited By Jan De Maeyer, et al.
KADOC Studies on Religion, Culture & Society, No. 3
December 2005
Leuven University Press
ISBN: 9058674975
535 pages, Illustrated, 7” x 9 ¼”
$99.50 Paper Original

In this book some 25 scholars focus on the relationship between religion, children’s literature and modernity in Western Europe since the Enlightenment. They examine various aspects of the phenomenon of children’s literature such as types of texts, age of readers, position of authors, design and illustration. The role of religion in giving meaning both in a substantive sense as well as through the institutionalized churches is studied from an interdenominational point of view. Finally, the contribution of pedagogy and child psychology in the interaction between modernity, religion and children’s literature is also discussed.

Jan De Maeyer, Hans-Heino Ewers, Rita Ghesquière, Michel Manson, Pat Pinsent & Patricia Quaghebeur
The Concept of Religious Modernisation
Jan De Maeyer
From Enlightened Tutelage to Means of Emancipation. The Educational Function of Catholic Children's and Youth Literature in Flanders in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Ria Christens, Marc Depaepe & Mark D'hoker
Children's Literature as an Arena for Religious Conflicts in Austria (1780-1830)
Ernst Seibert
Catholic and Protestant Children's Literature and the Process of Modernisation in Switzerland and Germany in the 19th Century
Verena Rutschmann
Religion, German Jewish Children's and Youth Literature and Modernity
Annegret Völpel
The Varieties of British Protestant Children's Fiction. Severe Moralising versus Flight of Fancy
Pat Pinsent
British Catholic Children's Fiction between Vatican I and Vatican II
Pat Pinsent
Religion: Overtones and Undertones in Irish Children's Books
Valerie Coghlan
Children's Literature, Religion and Modernity in the Latin Countries (France, Italy, Spain)
Michel Manson
Catholic Children's Literature in Italy in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Renata Lollo
Religious Children's Literature in Spain
Celia Vazquez Garcia and Veljka Ruzicka Kenfel
Protestantism and Modernisation in German Children's Literature of the Late 18th Century
Gottfried Adam
The Attraction of the Picture. The Iconography of Children's Versions of the Bible in 19th and 20th-Century France
Isabelle Saint-Martin
Protestant Pedagogy and the Visual Culture of the London Missionary Society
Sandy Brewer
The Missionary Novel: a Modern Medium for an Anti-Modern Message. The Belgian Case: a Comparative Analysis
Carine Dujardin
Religious Literature and Modernity. A German Controversy about the Criticism of Children's Literature around 1900
Hans-Heino Ewers
The Loss of the Father and the Loss of God in English-Language Children's Literature (1800-2000)
Peter Hunt
Hidden Religious Themes in 20th-Century European Children's Literature
Rita Ghesquière
The Supervision of Children's Literature during the Interwar Period: The Case of Boekengids (1923-1930)
Dirk De Geest
Supervising Children's Literature in the Netherlands, ca. 1880-1940
Jacques Dane
Catholic Criticism of Children's Literature at the Beginning of the 20th Century in France
Annie Renonciat
The Contribution of Jeanne Cappe to the Revue Littérature de Jeunesse (1949-1955/1976)
Michel Defourny
Between Evangelisation and Economy. A Profile of Averbode Publishers (1920-2000)
Rita Ghesquière
The Trinity in Educational Publishing. The Constant Factors in the History of the Dutch Catholic Publishing Houses Zwijsen and Malmberg
Karen Ghonem-Woets and Piet Moeren
The Editorial Strategies of Provincial Catholic Publishing Houses for the Young in the 19th Century in France
Michel Manson
The Gaume Press. Catholic Books for Young People during the 19th Century
Daniel Moulinet
Catholic Publishing Houses for Children in France since 1945. Editor's Strategies and Discourse
Michèle Piquard
The Girl's Own Paper (1880-1956). A Protestant Magazine
Mary Cadogan
Index of Persons
Notes on Contributors

Children’s Literature

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