Literature and the Child
Romantic Continuations, Postmodern Contestations
Publication Year: 1999
In the wake of the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, western Europe experienced another fin de siècle characterized by overwhelming material and institutional change and instability. By historicizing the specific political, social, and economic conflicts at work within the notion of Romantic childhood, the essayists in Literature and the Child show us how little these forces have changed over time and how enriching and empowering they can still be for children and their parents.
Published by: University of Iowa Press
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Romantic Continuations, Postmodern Contestations, or, “It’s a Magical World, Hobbes, Ol’ Buddy”
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n imaginative, withdrawn boy roams wild in a rugged natural setting that becomes a site of instruction in human mortality and morality. Learning as he goes, he revels in theworld’s beauty...
PART ONE ROMANTICISM CONTINUING AND CONTESTED
Romanticism and the End of Childhood
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Adolescents regularly bring weapons to school, and the daily violence occasionally erupts into knife fights; a thirteen year old beats another student to death at a prestigious academy. Less affluent urban...
Reading Children and Homeopathic Romanticism: Paradigm Lost, Revisionary Gleam, or “Plus Ça Change, Plus C’est la Même Chose”?
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This two-part essay is about reading children— the historical and contemporary narratives we’ve constructed about them—and about reading children reading in texts.1 It’s a story about competing...
PART TWO ROMANTIC IRONIES, POSTMODERN TEXTS
Taking Games Seriously: Romantic Irony in Modern Fantasy for Children of All Ages
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The title of this essay connects notions that, at first sight, seem hardly compatible. On reflection, we may see that Romantic ideas about the imagination, and about children, have endured and are....
“Infant Sight”: Romanticism, Childhood, and Postmodern Poetry
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The idea of the child and the ideal of the child have, since their simultaneous invention, been inseparable—in Schiller’s words, the child is “a lively representation of the ideal,” a representation...
Wordsworth, Lost Boys, and Romantic Hom(e)ophobia
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This essay originates in my concern with the plight of homeless children in America today as it intersects with my work as a critic working in British Romanticism and gender studies. After noting what some psychologists, social workers...
PART THREE ROMANTICISM AND THE COMMERCE OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS
Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of Kate Greenaway
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Imagine the actors and their actions. A framed illustration in a picture book depicts a country garden, a meadow, a picturesque farmhouse peopled with young children who are playing ritually in a Romantic rural landscape. The children...
The Marketing of Romantic Childhood: Milne, Disney, and a Very Popular Stuffed Bear
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From philosophy to business management, the foibles of literary criticism to the fundamentals of Latin, and shampoo to teacups, Winnie-the- Pooh is big business.As much as this well-known bear may seem like a cultural monolith, he and...
The Art of Maternal Nurture in Mary Austin’s The Basket Woman
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As the American literary canon has undergone reassessment in recent years, Mary Austin (1868 – 1934) has emerged from the shadows of cultural memory. The renewal of interest in Austin, who was born in Illinois and taught in southern California...
Romanticism and Archetypes in Ruth Nichols’s Song of the Pearl Teya Rosenberg
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Peter Hollindale suggests that “since 1970 a highly intelligent and demanding literature has emerged which speaks with particular directness to the young adult mind” (86). He calls this literature...
Notes on Contributors
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Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 1999