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From Captains Courageous to Captain Underpants: Children's Books as a Cultural Field in the Twentieth Century

Jay Gabler (Harvard University)

Children's books in the United States have undergone a significant shift over the course of the twentieth century; the field has institutionalized in comparison and opposition to emerging new media, in the context of a broader social shift towards children's market autonomy. This case study, drawing upon archival and interview research, illustrates the dynamics of competing cultural fields and advances our understanding of childhood and culture in the media marketplace.