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Module Bibliography

Where the Wild Things Are: Animals in Children?s Literature, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Richard De Ritter
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Selected Further Reading

I’ve used subheadings to organise this bibliography into manageable categories. It begins with general sources on children’s literature and animal studies; thereafter, I’ve organised the bibliography chronologically. Not every source I’ve listed will be about animals and children’s literature (some will only address one or other). You’ll be able to find further sources by searching the library catalogue and / or using resources such as JSTOR and the MLA International Bibliography (accessible through the library catalogue). I would also recommend searching the best children’s literature journals (each of which is searchable through the library catalogue):

Children’s Literature Association Quarterly

The Lion and the Unicorn

Children’s Literature

Journal of Children’s Literature

Texts for Purchase

You will need to purchase the following (texts are listed in the order we will be studying them):

Anna Sewell, Black Beauty, ed. by Adrienne E. Gavin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)  

Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Books, ed. by Kaori Nagai (London: Penguin, 2013)  

Eric Knight, Lassie Come-Home (Richmond: Alma Classics, 2016) 

Nina Bawden, The Peppermint Pig (London: Virago, 2017)  

Malorie Blackman, Pig Heart Boy (London: Random House, 2014) 

Melvin Burgess, The Cry of the Wolf (London: Andersen, 1990)  

Hannah Gold, The Last Bear (London: Harper Collins, 2021)  

General Sources on Children and Children’s Literature

Ariès, Philippe, Centuries of Childhood, trans. by Robert Baldick (New York: Knopf, 1962)

Briggs, Julia, Dennis Butts and M. O. Grenby (eds), Popular Children’s Literature in Britain (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)

Butler, Francelia, ‘Death in Children’s Literature’, Children’s Literature, 1 (1972), 104-124

Carroll, Jane Suzanne, Landscape in Children’s Literature (London: Routledge, 2011)

Coveney, Peter, The Image of Childhood, rev. edn (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967)

Grenby, M. O., The Child Reader, 1700-1840 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

——, Children’s Literature (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008)

Grenby, M. O. and Andrea Immel (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Gubar, Marah, Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children’s Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) 

Hilton, Mary, Morag Styles and Victor Watson (eds), Opening the Nursery Door: Reading, Writing and Childhood, 1600-1900(London: Routledge, 1997)

 Hunt, Peter, Children’s Literature (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001)

——, Criticism, Theory, and Children’s Literature (Oxford: Blackwell, 1991)

——, An Introduction to Children’s Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994)

Hunt, Peter (ed.), Children’s Literature: The Development of Criticism (London: Routledge, 1990)

——, Literature for Children: Contemporary Criticism (London: Routledge, 1992)

—— (ed.), International Companion Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature (London: Routledge, 1996)

——, Understanding Children’s Literature (London: Routledge, 1999) 

Lerer, Seth, Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History, from Aesop to Harry Potter (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008)

Lesnik-Oberstein, Karín, Children’s Literature: Criticism and the Fictional Child (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994)

Maybin, Janet and Nicola J. Watson (eds), Children’s Literature: Approaches and Territories (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

O’Malley, Andrew, The Making of the Modern Child: Children’s Literature and Childhood in the Late Eighteenth Century (New York and London: Routledge, 2003)

Pollock, Linda, Forgotten Children: Parent-Child Relations from 1500-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982)

Reynolds, Kimberley, Radical Children’s Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Reynolds, Kimberley and Nicholas Tucker (eds), Children’s Book Publishing in Britain Since 1945 (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1998)

Rogers, R. Stainton, Stories of Childhood: Shifting Agendas of Child Concern (London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992) 

Rose, Jacqueline, The Case of Peter Pan, or The Impossibility of Children’s Literature (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1984)

Wannamaker, Annette, Boys in Children’s Literature and Popular Culture: Masculinity, Abjection and the Fictional Child (London: Routledge, 2008)

Zipes, Jack, Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: The Classical Genre for Children and the Process of Civilization (London: Heinemann, 1983)

Animal Studies

Armstrong, Philip, What Animals Mean in the Fictions of Modernity (London: Routledge, 2008)

Baker, Steve, Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity and Representation (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993)

Brown, Laura, Homeless Dogs and Melancholy Apes: Humans and Other Animals in the Modern Literary Imagination (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010)

Clark, Timothy, The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Crist, Eileen, Images of Animals: Anthropomorphism and Animal Mind (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999)

Daston, Lorraine, and Gregg Mitman, ‘Introduction: The How and Why of Thinking With Animals’, in Thinking With Animals: New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism, ed. by Lorraine Daston and Gregg Mitman (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005), pp. 1-14

Derrida, Jacques (trans. by David Wills), ‘The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Follow)’, Critical Inquiry, 28:2 (2002), 369-418

DeMello, Margo, Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012)

DeMello, Margo, Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing (London: Routledge, 2012)

Fudge, Erica, Animal (London: Reaktion, 2002)

Haraway, Donna, When Species Meet (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008)

Haraway, Donna, The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness (Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2003)

Kalof, Linda and Amy Fitzgerald (eds), The Animal Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings (Oxford: Berg, 2007)

Nagel, Thomas, ‘What Is It Like to Be a Bat?’, The Philosophical Review, 83:4 (1974), 435-50

Palmeri, Frank (ed.), Humans and Other Animals in Eighteenth-Century British Culture: Representation, Hybridity, Ethics (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006)

Ritvo, Harriet, The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age (Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1987)

Rothfels, Nigel (ed.), Representing Animals (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002) 

Scholtmeijer, Marian Louise, Animal Victims in Modern Fiction: From Sanctity to Sacrifice (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993)

Shell, Marc, ‘The Family Pet’, Representations, 15 (1986), 121-153

Simons, John, Animal Rights and the Politics of Literary Representation (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002)

Thomas, Keith, Man and the Natural World: Changing Attitudes in England 1500-1800 (London: Penguin, 1983)

Tuan, Yi-fu, Dominance and Affection: The Making of Pets (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984)

Wolfe, Cary (ed.), Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003)

Talking Animals: Weeks 3-5 

Brantlinger, Patrick, Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830-1914 (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1988)

Bristow, Joe, Empire Boys: Adventures in a Man’s World (London: Unwin Hyman, 1991)

Cosslett, Tess, Talking Animals in British Children’s Fiction, 1786-1914 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006)

Deane, Bradley, Masculinity and the New Imperialism: Rewriting Manhood in British Popular Literature, 1870-1914 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Ferguson, Moira, ‘Sarah Trimmer’s Warring Worlds’, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 21:3 (1996), 105-110

Hodgson, Amanda, ‘Defining the Species: Apes, Savages and Humans in Scientific and Literary Writings of the 1860s’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 4:2 (1999), 228-251

Hotchkiss, Jane, ‘The Jungle of Eden: Kipling, Wolf Boys, and the Colonial Imagination’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 29:2 (2001), 435-499

Howard, Darren, ‘Talking Animals and Reading Children: Teaching Passive (dis)Obedience in John Aikin and Anna Barbauld’s Evenings at Home’, Studies in Romanticism, 48 (Winter 2009), 641-66

Kerr, Douglass, Eastern Figures: Orient and Empire in British Writing (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2008)

Kestner, Joseph, Masculinities in British Adventure Fiction, 1880-1915 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2010)

Kenyon-Jones, Christine, Kindred Brutes: Animals in Romantic-Period Writing (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001)

Knoepflmacher, U. C., ‘Mutations of the Wordsworthian Child of Nature’, in Nature and the Victorian Imagination, ed. by U. C. Knoepflmacher and G. B. Tennyson (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977), pp. 391-425

Kutzer, M. Daphne, Empire’s Children: Empire and Imperialism in Classic British Children’s Books (New York: Garland, 2000)Perkins, David, Romanticism and Animal Rights (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

MacDonald, Robert H., The Language of Empire: Myths and Metaphors of Popular Imperialism, 1880-1918 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994)

McBratney, John, ‘India and Empire’, in The Cambridge Companion to Rudyard Kipling, ed. by Howard J. Booth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), pp. 23-36

McClure, John, Kipling and Conrad: The Colonial Fiction (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981)

Montefiore, Jan, ‘Kipling as a Children’s Writer and the Jungle Books’, in The Cambridge Companion to Rudyard Kipling, ed. by Howard J. Booth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 95-110

Nyman, Jopi, Postcolonial Animal Tale from Kipling to Coetzee (New Delhi: Atlantic, 2003)

Petzold, Dieter, ‘Fantasy out of Myth and Fable: Animal Stories in Rudyard Kipling and Richard Adams’, Children’s Literature Quarterly, 12:1 (1987), 15-19

Richter, Virginia, Literature After Darwin: Human Beasts in Western Fiction, 1859-1939 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Ritvo, Harriet, ‘Animal Pleasures: Popular Zoology in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century England’, Harvard Library Bulletin, 33:3 (1985), 239-279

——, ‘Learning from Animals: Natural History for Children in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Centuries’, Children’s Literature, 13 (1985), 72-93

Shuttleworth, Sally, The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science, and Medicine, 1840-1900 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Spencer, Jane, ‘Creating Animal Experience in Late Eighteenth-Century Narrative’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 33:4 (2010), 469-486

Straley, Jessica, ‘Of Beasts and Boys: Kingsley, Spencer, and the Theory of Recapitulation’, Victorian Studies, 49:4 (2007), 583-609

Sullivan, Zoreh T., Narratives of Empire: The Fictions of Rudyard Kipling (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

Tosh, John, Manliness and Masculinities in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Essays on Gender, Family and Empire (Harlow: Pearson Longman, 2005)

Living with Animals: Weeks 6-8

Adams, Carol J., Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1990)

Arnold, Arthur, ‘The Pig – Pet, Pork or Sacrifice?’, Children’s Literature in Education, 19:2 (1988), 80-85

Bawden, Nina, ‘A Dead Pig and my Father’, Children’s Literature in Education, 5:2 (1974), 3-13

Brown, Nik, ‘Xenotransplantation: Normalizing Disgust’, Science as Culture, 8:3 (1999), 327-355

Cunningham, Gail, ‘Seizing the Reins: Women, Girls and Horses’, in Image and Power: Women in Fiction in the Twentieth Century, ed. by Sarah Sceats and Gail Cunningham (London: Longman, 1996), pp. 65-76

Daniels, Carolyn, Voracious Children: Who Eats Whom in Children’s Literature (London: Routledge, 2006)

Dingley, Robert, ‘A Horse of a Different Colour: Black Beauty and the Pressures of Indebtedness’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 25:2 (1997), 241-51

Dorré, Gina Marlene, ‘Horses and Corsets: Black Beauty, Dress Reform, and the Fashioning of the Victorian Woman’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 30:1 (2002), 157-178

Dorré, Gina Marlene, Victorian Fiction and the Cult of the Horse (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006)

Ferguson, Moira, ‘Breaking in Englishness: Black Beauty and the Politics of Gender, Race and Class’, Women: A Cultural Review, 5:1 (1994), 34-52

Fudge, Erica, ‘The Dog, the Home and the Human, and the Ancestry of Derrida’s Cat’, Oxford Literary Review, 29 (2007), 37-54

Fudge, Erica, ‘Why It’s Easy Being a Vegetarian’, Textual Practice, 24:1 2010, 149-166

Jenkins, Henry, ‘“Her Suffering Aristocratic Majesty”: The Sentimental Value of Lassie’, in Kids’ Media Culture, ed. by Marsha Kinder (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999), pp. 69-101

Mizelle, Brett, Pig (London: Reaktion, 2011)

Rémy, Catherine, ‘The Animal Issue in Xenotransplantation: Controversies in France and the United States’, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 31:3/4 (2009), 405-428

Shildrick, Margrit, ‘Imagining the Heart: Incorporations, Intrusions and Identity’, Somatechnics, 2:2 (2012), 233-249

Tribunella, Eric L., ‘A Boy and his Dog: Canine Companions and the Proto-Erotics of Youth’, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 29:3 (2004), 152-171

Wild Nature and the Environment: Weeks 9-10

Burgess, Melvin, ‘Sympathy for the Devil’, Children’s Literature in Education, 35:4 (2004), 289-300

Fawcett, Leesa, ‘Kinship Imaginaries: Children’s Stories of Wild Friendships, Fear and Freedom’, in The Routledge Handbook of Human-Animal Studies, ed. by Garry Marvin and Susan McHugh (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 259-274

Hollindale, Peter, ‘Borderland: The Animal World of Melvin Burgess’, in Melvin Burgess, ed. by Alison Waller (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), pp. 135-153

———, 'Why the Wolves Are Running', The Lion and the Unicorn, 23:1 (1999), 97-115

Heise, Ursula K., Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016)

——, ‘Lost Dogs, Last Birds, and Listed Species: Cultures of Extinction’ Configurations, 18:1 (2010), 49-72

Huggan, Graham, ‘Never-ending Stories, Ending Narratives: Polar Bears, Climate Change Populism, and the Recent History of British Nature Documentary Film’, in Affect, Space and Animals, ed. by Jopi Nyman and Nora Schuurman (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), pp. 13-24

Jensen, Lars and Graham Huggan, ‘Introduction: New Narratives of the Arctic’, Studies in Travel Writing, 20:3 (2016), 223-225

Marvin, Garry, Wolf (London: Reaktion, 2012)

You, Chengcheng, ‘The Necessity of an Anthropomorphic Approach to Children’s Literature’, Children’s Literature in Education, 52 (2021), 183-199

This list was last updated on 24/03/2022