Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

Children's Literature and Capitalism

Fictions of Social Mobility in Britain, 1850-1914

Authors: Parkes, C.

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After the first phase of industrialization in Britain, the child emerged as both a victim of and a threat to capitalism. This book explores the changing relationship between the child and capitalist society in the works of some of the most important writers of children's and young-adult texts in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

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CHRISTOPHER PARKES is associate professor in English Literature at Lakehead University, Canada. He is the author of scholarly articles on children's literature and eighteenth-century literature.

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'...Parkes's book is an insightful contribution to the scholarship on youth and capitalism, which deserves more attention from the fields of children's literature and childhood studies' Troy Boone, Children's Literature Association Quarterly


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Parkes, Christopher

    Pages 1-10

  • Avoiding Dead Ends and Blind Alleys: Re-imagining Youth Employment in Nineteenth-Century Britain

    Parkes, Christopher

    Pages 11-41

  • Family Business and Childhood Experience: David Copperfield and Great Expectations

    Parkes, Christopher

    Pages 42-71

  • Adventure Fiction and the Youth Problem: Treasure Island and Kidnapped

    Parkes, Christopher

    Pages 72-100

  • Commercialism and Middle-Class Innocence: The Story of the Treasure Seekers and The Railway Children

    Parkes, Christopher

    Pages 101-129

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Children's Literature and Capitalism
Book Subtitle
Fictions of Social Mobility in Britain, 1850-1914
Authors
Series Title
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-26509-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137265098
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-36412-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34927-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 215
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