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Contents Acknowledgements vii Introduction ix I. CONSTRUCTIONS OF CHILDHOOD One Educating the Female Child: Debates from the Scottish Periodical Press in Enlightenment Scotland, 1750-1800 1 Rhona Brown Two The Young Person’s Sir Walter: Scott and the Nineteenth-Century Child Reader 20 Paul Barnaby Three ‘Entertaining and Instructing Histories’: Children’s Chapbook Literature in the Nineteenth Century 42 Valentina Bold Four Nature versus Nurture: Robert Chambers as a Writer for Children 62 Shu-Fang Lai Five The Scottish Nursery Muse: Scottish Poetry and the Children’s Verse Tradition in the Victorian Period 84 Kirstie Blair Six Gaelic Tradition and the Celtic Revival in Children’s Literature in Scottish Gaelic and English 107 Sìm Innes and Kate Louise Mathis II. ROMANCE, ADVENTURE, AND IMPERIALISM Seven Historical Facts and ‘Romantic Daring’: Thomas Nelson & Sons, the Adventure Tale, and the Late-Victorian Education Market 158 Anne Marie Hagen Contents (continued) Eight Symbolism and Empire: Stevenson, Scott, and Toy Soldiers 174 Adam Kozaczka Nine The Darkening Island: Stevenson, Barrie, and the Perils of Childhood 192 Timothy S. Hayes Ten Colonising Neverland: British Motherhood as Imaginative Play in J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy 208 Rodney M. D. Fierce Eleven ‘Staunch little democrat that he was’: Humanitarian Sentiment, Social Reform, and Political Idealism in Eleanor Atkinson’s Greyfriars Bobby 224 David Salter III. CHILD’S PLAY Twelve Youthful Visionaries in Margaret Oliphant’s Fin-de-Siècle Fiction 246 Anne Stapleton Thirteen A Scottish Child’s Memento Mori: Language, Folklore, and Landscape in George MacDonald’s Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood 262 J. Patrick Pazdziora Fourteen Betwixt-and-Between: Barrie, Shakespeare, and Playing at Childhood 281 Caitlin R. Hansen Contents (continued) IV. MORAL AND SPIRITUAL FICTIONS Fifteen Two Telling Tales: Didacticism as a Means of Feminine Empowerment in Catherine Sinclair’s Holiday House and Dinah Mulock Craik’s Alice Learmont 297 Linda Claridge Middup Sixteen Romance, Death and other Predicaments: Guidance for the Young in the Fiction of Mary Gordon (Mrs Disney Leith) 316 Janet Powney and Jeremy Mitchell V. FAIRYTALE AND FANTASY Seventeen Unlocking Scottish Balladry and Folklore in George MacDonald’s ‘The Golden Key’ 339 Linden Bicket Eighteen ‘A great, unlimited world’? Imaginative Locations in the Fairy Tales of Jessie Saxby and Violet Jacob 356 Sarah Dunnigan Nineteen ‘To Children and Others’: Audience, Advertising, and the Reception of Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books (1889–1910) 378 Sara M. Hines VI. CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN THE ARCHIVES Twenty ‘It is lovely to be five’ 402 Lyn Stevens, Danielle Howarth, Morgan Boharski, Joanna Witkowska Notes on Contributors 419 Index 425 THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK ...


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