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Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

Victorian Children’s Literature

Experiencing Abjection, Empathy, and the Power of Love

Authors: Jenkins, Ruth Y.

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  • Sheds new light on Victorian children’s literature by studying the question of psychic development and cultural anxiety
  • Provides a new perspective on abjection by revealing its creative possibility and potential for transformation
  • Draws connections between the genre of children's literature and subjectivity by showing how character narrators provide models for subject formation  
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This book reveals how the period’s transforming identities affected by social, economic, religious, and national energies offers rich opportunities in which to analyze the relationship between identity and transformation. At the heart of this study is this question: what is the relationship between Victorian children’s literature, its readers, and their psychic development?  Ruth Y. Jenkins uses Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection to uncover the presence of cultural anxieties and social tensions in works by Kingsley, MacDonald, Carroll, Stevenson, Burnett, Ballantyne, Nesbit, Tucker, Sewell, and Rossetti.  

 

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Ruth Y. Jenkins is Professor of English at California State University, Fresno, USA. She is the author of Reclaiming Myths of Power: The Victorian Spiritual Crisis and Women Writers and numerous articles on Victorian literature and culture, children’s literature, feminist, cultural, and writing theory.  

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Emerging Identities and the Practice of Possibility

    Pages 1-20

    Jenkins, Ruth Y.

  • Imagining the Abject in Kingsley, MacDonald, and Carroll: Disrupting Dominant Values and Cultural Identity in Children’s Literature

    Pages 21-43

    Jenkins, Ruth Y.

  • Gender, Abjection, and Coming of Age: Games, Dolls, and Stories

    Pages 45-64

    Jenkins, Ruth Y.

  • Constructing the Self: Connection and Separation

    Pages 65-96

    Jenkins, Ruth Y.

  • Giving Voice to Abjection: Experience and Empathy

    Pages 97-118

    Jenkins, Ruth Y.

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-32762-4
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-32761-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-81363-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Victorian Children’s Literature
Book Subtitle
Experiencing Abjection, Empathy, and the Power of Love
Authors
Series Title
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32762-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32762-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32761-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81363-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 190
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