This volume explores the relationship between representation, affect, and emotion in texts for children and young adults. It demonstrates how texts for young people function as tools for emotional socialisation, enculturation, and political persuasion. The collection provides an introduction to this emerging field and engages with the representation of emotions, ranging from shame, grief, and anguish to compassion and happiness, as psychological and embodied states and cultural constructs with ideological significance. It also explores the role of narrative empathy in relation to emotional socialisation and to the ethics of representation in relation to politics, social justice, and identity categories including gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality. Addressing a range of genres, including advice literature, novels, picture books, and film, this collection examines contemporary, historical, and canonical children’s and young adult literature to highlight the variety of approaches to emotion and affect in these texts and to consider the ways in which these approaches offer new perspectives on these texts. The individual chapters apply a variety of theoretical approaches and perspectives, including cognitive poetics, narratology, and poststructuralism, to the analysis of affect and emotion in children’s and young adult literature.

chapter 1|16 pages

Children’s Literature and the Affective Turn

Affect, Emotion, Empathy
ByElizabeth Bullen, Kristine Moruzi, Michelle J. Smith

part I|61 pages

Affect and the Historical Child Reader

chapter 2|14 pages

From Virtue Ethics to Emotional

Advice from Medieval Parents to Their Children
ByJuanita Feros Ruys

chapter 3|19 pages

Charity, Affect, and Waif Novels

ByKristine Moruzi

chapter 4|14 pages

‘Feeling is believing’

Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty and the Power of Emotion
ByAdrienne E. Gavin

chapter 5|12 pages

‘She cannot smile the smile that wells from the heart’

Beauty, Health, and Emotion in Six to Sixteen and The Secret Garden
ByMichelle J. Smith

part II|48 pages

Theory of Mind

chapter 6|15 pages

Emotions and Ethics

Implications for Children’s Literature
ByMaria Nikolajeva

chapter 7|17 pages

Simplified Minds

Empathy and Mind-Modelling in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle
ByLydia Kokkola

chapter 8|14 pages

‘Would I Lie to You?’

Unreliable Narration and the Emotional Rollercoaster in Justine Larbalestier’s Liar
ByBettina Kümmerling-Meibauer

part III|32 pages

Place and Space

chapter 9|17 pages

Spatialities of Emotion

Place and Non-place in Children’s Picture Books
ByKerry Mallan

chapter 10|13 pages

Changing Minds and Hearts

Felt Theory and the Carceral Child in Indigenous Canadian Residential School Picture Books
ByDoris Wolf

part IV|48 pages

Emotions of Belonging

chapter 11|14 pages

‘Love: it will kill you and save you, both’

Love as Rebellion in Recent YA Dystopian Trilogies
ByDebra Dudek

chapter 12|17 pages

At the Risk of ‘Feeling Brown’ in Gay YA

Machismo, Mariposas, and the Drag of Identity
ByJon M. Wargo

chapter 13|15 pages

‘Conceal, Don’t Feel’

Disability, Monstrosity, and the Freak in Edward Scissorhands and Frozen
ByDylan Holdsworth