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Intergenerational Solidarity in Children's Literature and Film

Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak and Zoe Jaques


While differences and conflicts between younger and older generations have been frequently studied in children’s literature criticism, this book breaks new ground by arguing for the fundamental role of children’s and YA literature and film in propagating and facilitating a culture of generational interconnections. The collection highlights the potential of children’s literature studies as a site of intergenerational solidarity and opens possibilities for a new socially significant inquiry into the culture of childhood that addresses urgent challenges posed by the rapid aging of the global popu ... More

Keywords: Intergenerational solidarity, Generation, Empathy, Aging, Children’s literature and film

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781496831910
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2021 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496831910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak, editor
University of Wroclaw

Zoe Jaques, editor
University of Cambridge

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Part One Tradition of Interage Kinships in Children’s Books

1 From Solitary to Solidary

Clémentine Beauvais

3 “You and Me, Alfred”

Björn Sundmark

Part Two Child-Adult Alliances in Contemporary Narratives

6 Envisioning Solidarity

Aneesh Barai and Nozomi Uematsu

7 “Remember Me”

Zoe Jaques

Part Three Children’s Literature as Intergenerational Memory

Part Four Children’s Literature and Intergenerational Projects

12 A Grand Cause

Michelle Superle

Part Five Rewriting Aetonormativity with Young Readers

15 Building Bridges

Vanessa Joosen

16 The Mingling of Teenage and Adult Breaths

Helma van Lierop-Debrauwer and Sabine Steels


Maria Nikolajeva