Abstract

Sarah Fielding's The Governess has been called the first children's novel. But by conflating two separate genres, critics risk oversimplifying both the novel and children's literature. This article brings together children's literature studies and novel studies in order to address the narrative form of The Governess, and to suggest that the term "moral tale" better captures the complex origins of the eighteenth-century children's novel.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-315X
Print ISSN
0013-2586
Pages
pp. 463-477
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-26
Open Access
No
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