As the forty-nine entries that made it into Keywords for Children’s Literature took their final forms, we found ourselves simultaneously pleased by the entries taking shape and worried about the ones that got away. It’s not that potential entries were lost. We knew what had happened to them. We’d rejected some (such as “fairy tale”) on the grounds that they didn’t seem, at the time, to be “conflicted” or “contested” — and thus were outside the parameters Raymond Williams had drawn for inclusion. Others (such as “communitas”) didn’t seem to have had enough time to develop a critical history or vocabulary of their own. We are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to use the blog as a way to negotiate the viability of potential keywords. As some of the keywords (such as “intention” and “tomboy”) that did make it into the final volume were ones suggested by contributors, rather than ones we solicited, we’re open to possibilities. So. What have we missed? We look forward to your suggestions.
- Keywords for Children’s Literature‘s Table of Contents (pdf)
- Keywords for Children’s Literature‘s Introduction (pdf)