Imagining Sameness and Difference in Children's Literature

From the Enlightenment to the Present Day

  • Emer O'Sullivan
  • Andrea Immel

Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Emer O’Sullivan, Andrea Immel
    Pages 1-25
  3. Ethnography on Display

  4. Internationalism and Tolerance

  5. Constructing Self and Nation

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-268

About this book


This book investigates how cultural sameness and difference has been presented in a variety of forms and genres of children’s literature from Denmark, Germany, France, Russia, Britain, and the United States; ranging from English caricatures of the 1780s to dynamic representations of contemporary cosmopolitan childhood. The chapters address different models of presenting foreigners using examples from children’s educational prints, dramatic performances, travel narratives, comics, and picture books. Contributors illuminate the ways in which the texts negotiate the tensions between the Enlightenment ideal of internationalism and discrete national or ethnic identities cultivated since the Romantic era, providing examples of ethnocentric cultural perspectives and of cultural relativism, as well as instances where discussions of child reader agency indicate how they might participate eventually in a tolerant transnational community.   



Children's literature Cosmopolitanism Multiculturalism Imagology Difference Ethnotype Universalism Age of Enlightenment child children's literature English literature enlightenment literature present

Editors and affiliations

  • Emer O'Sullivan
    • 1
  • Andrea Immel
    • 2
  1. 1.Leuphana University LüneburgLüneburgGermany
  2. 2.Princeton University LibraryPrincetonUSA

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