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Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present: Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present


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Children, Childhood, and Musical Theater

Children, Childhood, and Musical Theater

James Leve, Donelle Ruwe
December 01, 2017

Bringing together musicologists, literature scholars, and specialists in childhood and theater studies, this volume examines the ways in which successful children's musicals tap into adult nostalgia for childhood while appealing to the needs and consumer potential of the child. The contributors...

Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Childhood in Contemporary Britain: Literature, Media and Society

Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Childhood in Contemporary Britain: Literature, Media and Society

Sandra Dinter, Ralf Schneider
November 17, 2017

In the light of the complex demographic shifts associated with late modernity and the impetus of neo-liberal politics, childhood continues all the more to operate as a repository for the articulation of diverse social and cultural anxieties. Since the Thatcher years, juvenile delinquency, child...

The Aesthetics of Children's Poetry: A Study of Children's Verse in English

The Aesthetics of Children's Poetry: A Study of Children's Verse in English

Katherine Wakely-Mulroney, Louise Joy
November 02, 2017

This collection gives sustained attention to the literary dimensions of children’s poetry from the eighteenth century to the present. While reasserting the importance of well-known voices, such as those of Isaac Watts, William Blake, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti, A. A. Milne, and Carol Ann...

Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Childhood and the Politics of Play

Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Childhood and the Politics of Play

Michelle Beissel Heath
September 18, 2017

Drawing evidence from transatlantic literary texts of childhood as well as from nineteenth and early twentieth century children’s and family card, board, and parlor games and games manuals, Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Childhood and the Politics of Play aims to reveal what might be thought of as...

Reinventing Childhood Nostalgia: Books, Toys, and Contemporary Media Culture

Reinventing Childhood Nostalgia: Books, Toys, and Contemporary Media Culture

Elisabeth Wesseling
September 13, 2017

While Romantic-era concepts of childhood nostalgia have been understood as the desire to retrieve the ephemeral mindset of the child, this collection proposes that the emergence of digital media has altered this reflective gesture towards the past. No longer is childhood nostalgia reliant on...

Nordic Childhoods 1700–1960: From Folk Beliefs to Pippi Longstocking

Nordic Childhoods 1700–1960: From Folk Beliefs to Pippi Longstocking

Reidar Aasgaard, Marcia Bunge, Merethe Roos
August 16, 2017

This volume strengthens interest and research in the fields of both Childhood Studies and Nordic Studies by exploring conceptions of children and childhood in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). Although some books have been written about the history of childhood...

French Paintings of Childhood and Adolescence, 1848–1886

French Paintings of Childhood and Adolescence, 1848–1886

Anna Green
March 31, 2017

The premise of Anna Green's timely and original book, is that nineteenth-century representations of childhood and adolescence-in paintings, but also in other forms of visual culture and in diverse written discourses of the period-are critical for understanding modernity. Whilst such well-worn...

The Writings of Hesba Stretton: Reclaiming the Outcast

The Writings of Hesba Stretton: Reclaiming the Outcast

Elaine Lomax
December 05, 2016

Highly respected as a writer by critics and commentators, Hesba Stretton (1832-1911) was a vigorous campaigner for the rights of oppressed minorities and a founding member of the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Though she is known today primarily as a writer of evangelical...

The Making of Modern Children's Literature in Britain: Publishing and Criticism in the 1960s and 1970s

The Making of Modern Children's Literature in Britain: Publishing and Criticism in the 1960s and 1970s

Lucy Pearson
November 30, 2016

Lucy Pearson’s lively and engaging book examines British children’s literature during the period widely regarded as a ’second golden age’. Drawing extensively on archival material, Pearson investigates the practical and ideological factors that shaped ideas of ’good’ children’s literature in...

Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-World and British Colonial Contexts, 1800-1950

Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-World and British Colonial Contexts, 1800-1950

Hugh Morrison, Mary Clare Martin
November 29, 2016

Drawing on examples from British world expressions of Christianity, this collection further greater understanding of religion as a critical element of modern children’s and young people’s history. It builds on emerging scholarship that challenges the view that religion had a solely negative impact...

The Nineteenth-Century Child and Consumer Culture

The Nineteenth-Century Child and Consumer Culture

Dennis Denisoff
November 28, 2016

During the rise of consumer culture in the nineteenth century, children and childhood were called on to fulfill a range of important roles. In addition to being consumers themselves, the young functioned as both 'goods' to be used and consumed by adults and as proof that middle-class materialist...

Heroism in the Harry Potter Series

Heroism in the Harry Potter Series

Katrin Berndt, Lena Steveker
November 23, 2016

Taking up the various conceptions of heroism that are conjured in the Harry Potter series, this collection examines the ways fictional heroism in the twenty-first century challenges the idealized forms of a somewhat simplistic masculinity associated with genres like the epic, romance and classic...

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