12th February 2013,
17:30 - 18:30
"Ransome's Rivals": Arthur Ransome and Children's Literature of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
Young Adult and Adult
5.30pm, Seminar Room 152, Robinson Library, Newcastle University
Each year Seven Stories works with Newcastle University to bring our Collection to life through a series of thought-provoking lectures for lovers of Children’s Literature. With respected and knowledgeable speakers these events highlight some of the most important achievements in Children’s Literature and delve into the history of storytelling and children’s books. Join Peter Hunt, visiting Professor of Children’s Literature at Newcastle University, and former Professor of English at Cardiff University for a discussion of Arthur Ransome and Children's Literature of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.
The inter-war period, often seen as a 'drab age' for children's books, is being reassessed. Arthur Ransome's pioneering Swallows and Amazons books can be
seen in a fascinating context: they were part of a wider 'camping and tramping' movement; they acknowledged the tensions between retreatist writers
like Milne, ambivalent fantasists (like Tolkien and Travers) and the few who acknowleged the tensions and wars in Europe (like Westerman and Johns). This
talk looks at the rich background to Ransome, including long-forgotten books, with its political and literary implications.
See the full lecture schedule here.
Free event, no booking required. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org