Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
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Lettering Young Readers in the Dutch Enlightenment

Literacy, Agency and Progress in Eighteenth-Century Children’s Books

Authors: Dietz, Feike

  • Explores how historical youth literature and literacy could at once regulate and empower young people
  • Demonstrates how books were used in the training of young agents who could contribute independently to social progress
  • Analyses a wide range of books for children in their national and international literary-historical contexts 
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'This book presents a rigorous, hugely informative analysis of the early history of Dutch children’s literature, pedagogical developments and emerging family formations. Thoroughly researched, Dietz’s study will be essential for historians of eighteenth-century childhood, education and children’s books, both in the Dutch context and more widely.’
— Matthew Grenby, Newcastle University, UK.

 ‘A rich, informative, well-documented and effectively illustrated discussion of the ways Dutch eighteenth-century educators tried to transform youth into responsible readers. It does so in a wide international context and masterfully connects this process to the radical politicization and de-politicization of Dutch society in the revolutionary period.’
—Wijnand W. Mijnhard, formerly of Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and the
University of California at Los Angeles, USA.
This book explores how children’s literature and literacy could at once regulate and empower young people in the eighteenth-century Dutch Republic. Rather than presenting the history of childhood as a linear story of increasing agency, it suggests that we view it as a continuous struggle with the impossibility of full agency for young people. This volume demonstrates how this struggle informed the production of books in a historical context in which the development of independent youths was high on the political agenda. In close interaction with international children’s literature markets, Dutch authors developed new strategies to make the members of young generations into capable readers and writers, equipped to organize their own minds and bodies properly, and to support a supposedly declining fatherland. 

About the authors

Feike Dietz is Assistant Professor in Early Modern Dutch Literature at Utrecht University, Netherlands. Her current research focuses on literature as an instrument of literacy and knowledge, in particular with respect to youths and women. She has also published on religious literature and language variation in literature. 

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lettering Young Readers in the Dutch Enlightenment
Book Subtitle
Literacy, Agency and Progress in Eighteenth-Century Children’s Books
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69633-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69633-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69632-0
Series ISSN
2634-6532
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 291
Number of Illustrations
25 b/w illustrations
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