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(Re)imagining the World

Children's literature's response to changing times

  • Yan Wu
  • Kerry Mallan
  • Roderick McGillis


  • Combines for the first time two important fields – creativity and children’s literature

  • Cross-cultural perspectives to the key issues to creative education and children’s literature

  • Futures orientation to creativity, artistry, and problem solving for learning and research


Part of the New Frontiers of Educational Research book series (NFER)

About this book


(Re)Imagining the world: Children’s Literature’s Response to Changing Times considers

how writers of fiction for children imagine ‘the world’, not one universal world, but

different worlds: imaginary, strange, familiar, even monstrous worlds. The chapters

in this collection discuss how fiction for children engages with some of the changes

brought about by new technologies, information literacy, consumerism, migration,

politics, different family structures, cosmopolitanism, and new and old monsters. They also

invite us to think about how memory shapes our understanding of the past, and how

fiction engages our emotions, our capacity to empathize, our desire to discover,

and what the future may hold. The contributors bring different perspectives from

education, postcolonial studies, literary criticism, cultural studies, childhood studies,

postmodernism, and the social sciences. With a wide coverage of texts from different

countries, and scholarly and lively discussions, this collection is itself a testament to

the power of the human imagination and the significance of children’s literature in the

education of young people.



children’s literature creative education creativity learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Yan Wu
    • 1
  • Kerry Mallan
    • 2
  • Roderick McGillis
    • 3
  1. 1., College of Education AdministrationBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina, People's Republic
  2. 2.Queensland University of TechnologyKelvin GroveAustralia
  3. 3.NakuspCanada

About the editors

Prof. Yan is a well-known science fiction writer in China and he is the first person teach science fiction course in both undergraduate and graduate level. He is the President of World Chinese Science Fiction Association. He was awarded Xingyun(Nebula) Award, and three times of Yinghe(Galaxy) Award in Chinese science fiction. He is the Director for the Research Center for Science Fiction and Creative Education at Faculty of Education of BNU. Prof Mallan has published widely in the field of Children’s Literature. She is the Vice President of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature. She was awarded the Dame Annabel Rankin Award for Outstanding Services to Children’s Literature. In 2005 she was made an Honorary Professor of Bejing Normal University. She is the Director for the multidisciplinary research centre – Children and Youth Research Centre at QUT.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title (Re)imagining the World
  • Book Subtitle Children's literature's response to changing times
  • Editors Yan Wu
    Kerry Mallan
    Roderick McGillis
  • Series Title New Frontiers of Educational Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Frontier Educat. Res.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-36759-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-42837-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-36760-1
  • Series ISSN 2195-3473
  • Series E-ISSN 2195-349X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 157
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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