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Short presentation about the history of (British) children's books and some typical aspects. Presentation given for fellow students at CLT, Leuven, 2009.

Short presentation about the history of (British) children's books and some typical aspects. Presentation given for fellow students at CLT, Leuven, 2009.

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    • British Children’s books
      A historical overview and some typical aspects.
    • Fables and fairy tales
      Aesop's Fables (500 BC - 1484)
      Tales of Mother Goose - Charles Perrault (1685/1729)
      Grimm's Fairy Tales - Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (1812/1823)
      Fairy Tales - Hans Christian Andersen – (1835/1846)
      several of the classic tales are gruesome and were not originally collected for children
    • Books for adults or children?
      Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe - 1719
      Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift - 1726
      Ivanhoe - Walter Scott - 1819
      The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas, père - 1844
      David Copperfield - Charles Dickens – 1850
      Baron von Münchhausen – 1875
      Black Beauty - Anna Sewell - 1877
      Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson - 1883
    • First (real) children’s picture books
      Slovenly Peter (1845) – Heinrich Hoffmann (translated by Marc Twain)
      A Little Pretty Pocket-Book (1744) - John Newbery
    • The Victorian Era
      Reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901)
      long period of prosperity for the British people
      profits gained from the overseas British Empire
      Industrialisation(Mass production of printed books)
      Development of an educated middle class
      Golden age for children’s books (classics)
      (note: child labour)
    • Some Classics
      Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll – 1865
      Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll - 1871
      The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling - 1894
      The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum - 1900
      The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter - 1902
      King Arthur and His Knights - Howard Pyle - 1902-3
      Peter Pan - J. M. Barrie - 1904
      The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame - 1908
    • Interbellum (1918-1939)
      Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928) by A. A. Milne.
      Little House on the Prairie (1935) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
      The Hobbit or There and Back Again (1937) by J. R. R. Tolkien: an early example of the modern lighthearted quest fantasy
    • After 1940
      End of the English dominance on the children’s book market
      Producing picture books becomes cheaper
      Huge influence of the Disney Studio’s (and Hollywood)
      The Chronicles Of Narnia (1949-1954) by C. S. Lewis
      The Lord of the Rings (1954 - 1955) by J.R.R. Tolkien.
      The Cat in the Hat (1957) by Dr. Seuss: First high quality limited-vocabulary book, written for early readers
      Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964) by Roald Dahl
      Harry Potter (1997) by J.K. Rowling
    • Typical British?
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    • Typical British… some aspects
      Elements of the English countryside
      The influence of a cartoon tradition
      A lot of humour (variety)
      Unpredictable (and nonsense stories)
      Not afraid of scary, frightening or creepy elements or atmosphere
      A lot of fantasy elements
      Less arty farty (in picture books)
    • Thank you