Growing Sideways in Twenty-first Century British Culture

Challenging boundaries between childhood and adulthood

Anne Malewski | University of Roehampton, London
ISBN 9789027210081 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027258403 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This volume examines changing boundaries between childhood and adulthood in British society and culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century − where these age boundaries are widely debated, policed, and contested − to investigate alternatives to conventional ideas of growing up. Building on observations, especially in children’s literature criticism, that human growth is shaped by a grand narrative that privileges adulthood, and on terminologies of non-normative growth, particularly in queer theory, this monograph develops growing sideways as a concept that queers this grand narrative by destabilising childhood and adulthood, and the boundaries between them. The concept is refined through close readings of twenty-first century British children’s literature, television series, film, and participatory events, troubling age boundaries via specific strategies in three conceptual areas: appearance, play, and space. Exploring power structures around age and gender, this monograph traces growing sideways as a distinct and important alternative discourse of human growth.
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“With its thoughtful, impeccably researched, and conceptualised approach, Growing Sideways is an exciting work that will undoubtedly inspire future research.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies



Main BIC Subject

DSY: Children's literature studies: general

Main BISAC Subject

LIT009000: LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's & Young Adult Literature
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021041982 | Marc record