Get 40% off International Relations & Political Science print & eBooks! Shop the selection >>

Literary Cultures and Childhoods

Literary Cultures and Eighteenth-Century Childhoods

Editors: O'Malley, Andrew (Ed.)

Free Preview
  • Very interdisciplinary - features work from scholars in a variety of other disciplines such as Education, History, Visual Culture/Art History etc
  • Looks at at eighteenth-century childhoods from a variety of angles: as a set of expectations, desires, concerns, limitations, and capacities adults sought to address in their writing for young people; as a complex trope or symbol that performed a range of cultural work in the writings adults produced for one another; as a lived experience children recorded and actively shaped
  • Examines a variety of literary cultures – novels, poetry, legal writing, periodicals, pamphlets, personal letters, graphic prints, and literature produced specifically for young readers
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94737-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94736-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

The essays in this volume offer fresh and innovative considerations both of how children interacted with the world of print, and of how childhood circulated in the literary cultures of the eighteenth century. They engage with not only the texts produced for the period’s newly established children’s book market, but also with the figure of the child as it was employed for a variety of purposes in literatures for adult readers. Embracing a wide range of methodological and disciplinary perspectives and considering a variety of contexts, these essays explore childhood as a trope that gained increasing cultural significance in the period, while also recognizing children as active agents in the worlds of familial and social interaction. Together, they demonstrate the varied experiences of the eighteenth-century child alongside the shifting, sometimes competing, meanings that attached themselves to childhood during a period in which it became the subject of intensified interest in literary culture.

About the authors

Andrew O’Malley is Associate Professor of English at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of The Making of the Modern Child: Children’s Literature and Childhood in the Late Eighteenth Century (2003) and of Children’s Literature, Popular Culture, and Robinson Crusoe (2012).

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Eighteenth-Century Childhoods and Literary Cultures

    O’Malley, Andrew

    Pages 1-11

  • Age, Status, and Reading in the Eighteenth Century

    Michals, Teresa

    Pages 15-33

  • Circulating Childhood in Eighteenth-Century England: The Cultural Work of Periodicals

    Müller, Anja

    Pages 35-50

  • Wards and Apprentices: The Legal and Literary Construction of the Familial Position of the Child

    Nixon, Cheryl

    Pages 51-74

  • ‘Pray lett none see this impertinent Epistle’: Children’s Letters and Children in Letters at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century

    Benzaquén, Adriana

    Pages 75-96

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94737-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-94736-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literary Cultures and Eighteenth-Century Childhoods
Editors
  • Andrew O'Malley
Series Title
Literary Cultures and Childhoods
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94737-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94737-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94736-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 315
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations
Topics