Learning to Read, Learning Religion

Catechism primers in Europe from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries

ORCID logoBritta Juska-Bacher | Bern University of Teacher Education
ORCID logoM.O. Grenby | Newcastle University
ORCID logoTuija Laine | University of Helsinki
Wendelin Sroka | Independent researcher, Essen
ISBN 9789027212825 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027254955 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Catechism primers are inconspicuous but telling little books for children combining the teaching of reading skills and religious catechesis. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, they have been produced, disseminated and used in huge numbers in many regions of the world, in particular in Europe. Remarkably, similar texts appeared across the continent, spanning confessional traditions that were in other respects highly divergent. In different places, and across the whole period, different denominations used not only similar pedagogical and religious strategies, but also shared the same formats and iconography.
This volume, edited by scholars from Finland, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, is the result of a collaborative transnational and interdisciplinary effort including education, language teaching, children’s literature, book history, and religious studies. With contributions on seventeen European countries and regions, it sheds new light on a fascinating but largely neglected part of European cultural heritage, and, by establishing a comprehensive and authoritative summary of the field, offers fresh impetus for further transnational research.
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Table of Contents

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:  2022045443 | Marc record