Publication Date

April 2015


Indira Karamcheti


College of Letters


English (United States)


This thesis explores concepts of the “little” in children’s literature. By breaking down littleness in terms of small size, young age, and imagination, it examines how the “little” is used to define the child throughout the genre. Through an effort to study not who the child is, but rather who the adult perceives the child to be, this thesis conveys how the unique genre of children’s literature serves as a societal and cultural mirror of our conceptions of the child. In specifically examining the adult’s impulse to label the child as “little,” this thesis seeks to convey a greater understanding of the power of the “little” and its “big” role in the identities of us all.



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