Crossover Literature

Crossover is a somewhat slippery term, as it is used with a different meaning in a variety of fields. None of the main entries in the OED, where the word is spelled with a hyphen, refer to literature or to any other art form; rather, they refer to textiles, women’s clothing, railway lines, river currents, and biology. While the final definition of cross-over, “that crosses over; characterized by crossing over,” allows for applications to literature and other arts, the exemplary quotations are limited to fashion and politics. It is not until a draft addition of December 2006 that the arts are mentioned in a meaning originating in the US, where, since the 1970s, crossover has been used to refer to music that finds appeal beyond its niche market with a “different (esp. a wider) audience.” In the field of children’s literature, the term refers specifically to texts that

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