The evolution of children's literature: metafictive devices and digital mediation

Frank Serafini, Sylvia Pantaleo

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In this chapter, the authors draw on a range of theories and interpretive frameworks to outline some important changes in the nature of contemporary children's literature. The research and scholarship in this chapter focuses on the role of metafictive devices and the ways digital mediation have affected the evolution of children's literature, in particular picturebooks. Additional topics include the creation and publication of picturebooks and novels that contain multimodal designs, metafictive devices, digitally mediated interfaces, various levels of interactivity, unique paratextual materials, diverse narrative structures, metaleptic transgressions, and transmedial components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780128186299
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Children's literature
  • Digital literacies
  • Interactivity
  • Metafiction
  • Multimodality
  • Narrative structure
  • Picturebooks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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