Four Courts Press 
New Catalogue
Spring 2006
50/45/$65 hbk

Treasure islands: studies in children's literature


Ranging from Daniel Defoe to Siobhán Parkinson, from Shakespeare to Enid Blyton, this collection of essays takes the reader on a fascinating voyage to the Treasure Islands of children's literature. Picture books, myths, movies, newspaper columns and boys' periodicals all come under scrutiny, and the critical journey takes the reader to Australia, America and Scotland, as well as to the more familiar islands of English and Irish stories.


Kate Hebblethwaite Maroons, Darwin and the question of humanity
Siobhan Parkinson From Utopia to Weslandia, via Terabithia
Anna Bogen Peter Pan, Wildcat Island, and the lure of the real
Carmen Pérez Diez C.S. Lewis' The voyage of the dawn treader
David Rudd Islands and I-lands in Enid Blyton
Jane O'Hanlon Enid Blyton's relevance
Clive Barnes Changes in island adventure in the mid-20th century
Robert Dunbar Textual ownership in recent young adult fiction
Maureen A. Farrell Scottish children's literature
Elizabeth Parsons The sea in Gary Crew's picture books
Celia Keenan Tradition and modernity in Into the west and Whale rider
Michael Flanagan Catholic/nationalist ideology in Irish popular culture
Marnie Hay Irish nationalist propaganda aimed at children, 1910-16
Máire Uí Mhaicín The Celtic otherworld in retellings of Old Irish tales
Patricia Kennon Siobhan Parkinson's Four kids, three cats, two cows, one witch (maybe)
A.J. Piesse Islands, Ireland, and writing for children
Breege O'Brien Islands in modern children's literature in Ireland
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin The wild and the tame in children's literature
Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin Growing up in a writer's head
Nancy Watson Eilís Dillon's children's fiction

Mary Shine Thompson and Celia Keenan both lecture at St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. They are the editors of the critically-acclaimed Studies in children's literature, 1500-2000 (Dublin, 2004).

224pp Spring 2006