Lookup NU author(s): Professor Kim Reynolds
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In Britain, children’s literature studies emerged in the late 1960s, largely through the activities of what is now the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter. This article uses the Catherine Storr archive to revisit some of the contexts and concerns of those early days, many of which continue to have relevance. Storr was involved in aspects of the initial Exeter projects. A children’s writer known for unsettling stories that often made use of supernatural or Gothic elements, she also spoke and wrote about the importance of fear in children’s literature. Her work provides the focus of this discussion of the relationship between frightening fiction for children, the interest in psychological approaches to reading and producing children’s literature evinced in the foundational work at Exeter and still evident today, and current concerns about the wellbeing of British children.
Author(s): Reynolds K
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Children's Literature in Education
Pages: ePub ahead of print
Online publication date: 31/10/2017
Acceptance date: 02/10/2017
ISSN (print): 0045-6713
ISSN (electronic): 1573-1693
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
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