is an unmoderated discussion group
convened for the express purpose of examining the theory and criticism
of literature for children and young adults. The list exists for anyone
interested in discussing aspects of these broad fields, including
authorship, illustration, publication, promotion, readership,
reception, criticism and literature's changing social functions and
implications. child_lit is specifically conceived to foster the
of ideas by researchers engaged in original scholarship. The 'purpose'
per se is to be occasionally revisited and possibly
revised to meet the
evolving needs of the discussion group, but discussants are instructed
to keep the prevailing version of the purpose in mind when posting
discussion topics. Topics off the point are discouraged.