How the Reader Matters. Autobiographies of Childhood for Young Readers

Helma Van Lierop


In the 1990s, autobiographies of childhood were one of the most important
publishing trends. These autobiographies challenge the Romantic notion
of childhood, thus contributing to the contemporary societal debate about
children and childhood in crisis. Taking into consideration that ideas about
children and childhood are at the heart of children’s literature, it is remarkable that autobiographies of childhood for young readers go unnoticed in the discussion.

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