Professor Farah Mendlesohn to explore 'Children's Fantasy Literature' in early 2016

Published: 13 August 2015 at 13:29

Hugo Award-winner set to release new book

Untitled PageA new book by Professor Farah Mendlesohn, Head of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin, is set to be published by Cambridge University Press in February 2016.

Children's Fantasy Literature: An Introduction, co-authored with Michael Levy (University of Wisconsin), will consider changing views on both the nature of the child and the appropriateness of fantasy for the child reader, as well as the role of children's fantasy literature in helping to develop the imagination and its complex interactions with issues of class, politics and gender.

The book will analyse hundreds of works of fiction from the 16th to the 21st century, including those of Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, C. S. Lewis, Roald Dahl and J. K. Rowling, placing each in its appropriate context within the tradition of fantasy literature.

Among her other publications, Farah has previously co-authored The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (CUP 2012) and The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (CUP 2003), for which she was awarded the Hugo Prize in 2005.