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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

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Donelle Ruwe, James Leve
February 17, 2020

Bringing together scholars from musicology, literature, childhood studies, and theater, this volume examines the ways in which children's musicals tap into adult nostalgia for childhood while appealing to the needs and consumer potential of the child. The contributors take up a wide range of...

Empty Nurseries, Queer Occupants: Reproduction and the Future in Ibsen’s Late Plays

Empty Nurseries, Queer Occupants: Reproduction and the Future in Ibsen’s Late Plays

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Olivia Noble Gunn
January 31, 2020

Who is the proper occupant of the nursery? The obvious answer is the child, and not an archive, a seductive troll-princess, or poor fosterlings. Nevertheless, characters in Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder, and Little Eyolf intend to host these improper occupants in their children’s rooms. Dr. Gunn...

Victorian Coral Islands of Empire, Mission, and the Boys’ Adventure Novel

Victorian Coral Islands of Empire, Mission, and the Boys’ Adventure Novel

1st Edition

Michelle Elleray
November 11, 2019

Attending to the mid-Victorian boys’ adventure novel and its connections with missionary culture, Michelle Elleray investigates how empire was conveyed to Victorian children in popular forms, with a focus on the South Pacific as a key location of adventure tales and missionary efforts. The volume...

Childhood in the Contemporary English Novel

Childhood in the Contemporary English Novel

1st Edition

Sandra Dinter
October 25, 2019

Since the 1980s novels about childhood for adults have been a booming genre within the contemporary British literary market. Childhood in the Contemporary English Novel offers the first comprehensive study of this literary trend. Assembling analyses of key works by Ian McEwan, Doris Lessing, P. D....

Gaming Empire in Children's British Board Games, 1836-1860

Gaming Empire in Children's British Board Games, 1836-1860

1st Edition

Megan A. Norcia
March 26, 2019

Over a century before Monopoly invited child players to bankrupt one another with merry ruthlessness, a lively and profitable board game industry thrived in Britain from the 1750s onward, thanks to publishers like John Wallis, John Betts, and William Spooner. As part of the new wave of materials...

British Hymn Books for Children, 1800-1900: Re-Tuning the History of Childhood

British Hymn Books for Children, 1800-1900: Re-Tuning the History of Childhood

1st Edition

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre
January 17, 2019

Examining nineteenth-century British hymns for children, Alisa Clapp-Itnyre argues that the unique qualities of children's hymnody created a space for children's empowerment. Unlike other literature of the era, hymn books were often compilations of many writers' hymns, presenting the discerning...

Children’s Play in Literature: Investigating the Strengths and the Subversions of the Playing Child

Children’s Play in Literature: Investigating the Strengths and the Subversions of the Playing Child

1st Edition

Joyce E. Kelley
July 03, 2018

While we owe much to twentieth and twenty-first century researchers’ careful studies of children’s linguistic and dramatic play, authors of literature, especially children’s literature, have matched and even anticipated these researchers in revealing play’s power—authors well aware of the way...

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

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

Michelle Beissel Heath
September 19, 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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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...

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