Children's Literature: A Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter

October 16, 2008

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Seth Lerer

Seth Lerer here explores the iconic books, ancient and contemporary alike, that have forged a lifelong love of literature in young readers during their formative years. Children's Literature charts the makings of the Western literary imagination from Aesop's fables to Mother Goose, from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Peter Pan, from Where the Wild Things Are to Harry Potter. Along the way, Lerer also looks at the changing environments of family life and human growth, schooling and scholarship, and publishing and politics in which children found themselves changed by the books they read.

Seth Lerer is the Avalon Foundation Professor in Humanities and professor of English and comparative literature at Stanford University.

 

Recorded Thursday, October 16, 2008 at The Newberry Library.