Youth of Darkest England: Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empire

1st Edition

Troy Boone

Routledge
Published January 11, 2013
Reference - 256 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415653459 - CAT# Y143976
Series: Children's Literature and Culture

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Summary

This book examines the representation of English working-class children — the youthful inhabitants of the poor urban neighborhoods that a number of writers dubbed "darkest England" — in Victorian and Edwardian imperialist literature. In particular, Boone focuses on how the writings for and about youth undertook an ideological project to enlist working-class children into the British imperial enterprise, demonstrating convincingly that the British working-class youth resisted a nationalist identification process that tended to eradicate or obfuscate class differences.

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