Magic, Mayhem and Maturity: The Growth of Youth Fantasy Literature

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Drawing on materials from the Children’s Historical Collection and the modern circulating collection, this exhibition examines the emergence and evolution of youth fantasy literature. Oftentimes, stories from this genre use magic as a metaphor for the turbulent transition from childhood to adulthood. Spanning fairy tales to 19th century works like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz to more modern stories like Harry Potter, Children of Blood and Bone and The Gilded Ones, this exhibition further explores how these stories have evolved to tackle this transition in a more frank manner and, significantly, to embrace all voices. 

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This exhibition and its related programming are supported by the Connecticut Humanities.


October 7, 2021
February 5, 2022
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Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT 06890 United States
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Perkin Gallery