• Pádraic WhyteEmail author
  • Keith O’Sullivan
Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)


This volume of essays is one of several outputs from the National Collection of Children’s Books (NCCB) project. The essays demonstrate the varying ways in which children’s literature collections are literary, educational, cultural, national and international resources, as well as catalysts for contemporary commentary, revision and change. Examining books for children published across five centuries, from the collections in one city (Dublin), this volume advances causes in collecting, librarianship, education, and children’s literature studies more generally. From book histories, through bookselling, information on collectors, and histories of education to close text analyses, it is evident that, even within each essay, there are various approaches to researching collections. In this volume, three dominant approaches emerge: history and canonicity, author and text, ideals and institutions.


Special Collection Irish Child Book Production Great Famine Irish Identity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnglishTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.School of EnglishDublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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