A thorough examination of the context and impact of the irrepressibly optimistic literary darling
Contributions by Anke Brouwers,
Mio Bryce, Samantha Christensen,
Monika Elbert, Marina Endicott, Roxanne
Harde, Dorothy Karlin, Patricia
Oman, Anthony Pavlik, Ashley N.
Reese, Laura M. Robinson, Tanfer
Emin Tunç, K. Brenna Wardell, and
Appearing first as a weekly serial
in the Christian Herald, Eleanor H.
Porter's Pollyanna was first published
in book form in 1913. This popular
story of an impoverished orphan girl
who travels from America's western
frontier to live with her wealthy maternal Aunt Polly in the fictional
east coast town of Beldingsville went through forty-seven printings
in seven years and remains in print today in its original version, as
well as in various translations and adaptations. The story's enduring
appeal lies in Pollyanna's sunny personality and in her glad game,
her playful attempt to accentuate the positive in every situation.
In celebration of its centenary, this collection of thirteen original
essays examines a wide variety of the novel's themes and concerns,
as well as adaptations in film, manga, and translation.
In this edited collection on Pollyanna, internationally
respected and emerging scholars of children's literature consider
Porter's work from modern critical perspectives. Contributors focus
primarily on the novel itself but also examine Porter's sequel,
Pollyanna Grows Up, and the various film versions and translations
of the novel. With backgrounds in children's literature, cultural
and film studies, philosophy, and religious studies, these scholars
extend critical thinking about Porter's work beyond the thematic
readings that have dominated previous scholarship. In doing so,
the authors approach the novel from theoretical perspectives that
examine what happens when Pollyanna engages with the world
around herher community and the natural environmentexposing
the implicit philosophical, religious, and nationalist ideologies
of the era in which Pollyanna was written. The final section is
devoted to studies of adaptations of Porter's protagonist.
Roxanne Harde, Camrose, Alberta, Canada, is associate professor
of English, associate dean (Research), and a McCalla University
Professor at the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta. She
has published extensively on American women writers, children's
literature, and popular culture. Lydia Kokkola, Luleć, Sweden, is
professor of English and education at Luleć University of Technology,
Sweden. She is author of Fictions of Adolescent Carnality.
272 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, bibliography, index