Breac: Special edition journal issue on Irish Children’s Literature

A special issue of Breac on children’s literature, edited by Anne Markey, President of the Irish Society of Children’s Literature, and Aedín Clements, University of Notre Dame, has just been launched at In addition to a guide to recent critical writing on Irish children’s literature and a review of the National Collection of Children’s Books, contributors, including Karín Lesnik-Oberstein, Maria Nikolajeva, Clíona Ó Gallchoir, Róisín Adams, Kimberley Reynolds, Jones Irwin, Valerie Coghlan, Lissa Paul, Roni Natov, Claire M. Dunne, and James P. Sullivan, re-evaluate children’s literature in Ireland and abroad from new and important perspectives. Breac is a peer-reviewed, paperless, open access,Irish studies journal. Further information about the special issue on children’s literature is available on the attached notice.  



Anne Markey (The Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature) and Aedín Clements (University of Notre Dame): Preface to Children’s Literature: Changing Paradigms and Critical Perspectives in Ireland and Beyond

Aedín Clements and Anne Markey: Critical Writing on Irish Children’s Literature since 2000

Karín Lesnik-Oberstein (University of Reading): Children’s Literature: Sexual Identity, Gender, and Childhood

Maria Nikolajeva (University of Cambridge): Navigating Fiction: Cognitive-Affective Engagement with Place in Children’s Literature

Clíona Ó Gallchoir (University College Cork): Whiteness and the Racialization of Irish Identity in Celtic Tiger Children’s Fiction

Róisín Adams (Trinity College Dublin): Rapairí agus Réabhlóidithe: Lárnacht an Fhicsin Staire i gClub Leabhar na Sóisear, 1956-1966

Kimberley Reynolds (Newcastle University): Mending a Hole in the Cultural Memory: Forgotten Radical Children’s Books Published in Britain between 1920 and 1950

Jones Irwin (St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra): Aesthetic Ethical-Religious: Goodness Me! Goodness You! Curriculum With A Nod To Where The Wild Things Are

Valerie Coghlan (Independent Scholar and Lecturer based in Dublin): Painting the Town Red: The Challenging City in Picturebooks

Máire Bhreathnach (Independent Scholar): The National Collection of Children’s Books: A Review

Lissa Paul (Brock University): Eliza Fenwick: Writing Life and Literature in Cork

Roni Natov (Brooklyn College): Death and the Monster: The Graveyard and the Dream

Claire M. Dunne (Institiúid Oideachais Marino): Drámaíocht na Gaeilge sa Seomra Ranga Bunscoile: Modh Ealaíne nó Modheolaíocht?

James P. Sullivan (Saginaw Valley State University): From the Abbey to the World of Children’s Literature: Padraic Colum’s, The Second Shepherds’ Play




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