Tuesday, May 3, 2011
To be published in June 2011, Keywords for Children's Literature (edited by Philip Nel and Lissa Paul, New York University Press, $25) looks to be an important and definitive text in the field: http://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookId=5189
The Table of Contents (http://www.nyupress.org/webchapters/nel_toc.pdf) lists some 49 Keywords (from "Aesthetics" to "Young Adult") taken up by a world-class roster of scholars. Among them are SDSU faculty: Joseph Thomas ("Aesthetics"), June Cummins ("Marketing"), and Phillip Serrato "Latino/a").
In their Introduction (http://www.nyupress.org/webchapters/nel_intro.pdf), Nel and Paul identify and define their notion of "keywords" and discuss their predilection for controversial terms.