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Children's Literature

Children's Literature [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1786942569
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A volume in the Writers and Their Work series, which draws upon recent thinking in English studies to introduce writers and their contexts. Each volume includes biographical material, an examination of recent criticism, a bibliography and a reappraisal of a major work by the writer.

Perceptions of Childhood in the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle

Perceptions of Childhood in the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1443827703
Author: Jennifer Sattaur
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Perceptions of Childhood in the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle by Jennifer Sattaur Book Resume:

This book reads Victorian fin de siècle literature through the medium of perceptions of childhood. It examines the connection between ‘monstrous’ and idealistic symbolic representations of childhood represented by key cultural discourses of the Victorian fin-de-siècle. Specifically, anxieties about change are linked closely to anxieties about childhood, procreation, and maturation in a range of Children’s and Adults’ texts from the 1860s to the 1890s. The book demonstrates the ways in which the emergent social movements which have come to define and represent change in the fin-de-siècle period were inherently concerned with the ideas of childhood and parenthood and the ways in which they represented both the promise and the threat of the future. The texts are arranged by theme, and grouped according to whether they are seen primarily as intended for children, or for adults. In texts intended for adult readers, images of childhood are more covert and more metaphorical than those texts aimed at child readers, in which overt pedagogical concerns are often brought to bear. Nothing embodies the idea of the future more than the children who stand as a bridge between ‘now’ and ‘then.’ This book analyses the connections between Victorian perceptions of childhood and the anxieties and upheavals of the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle.

Children's Culture and the Avant-Garde

Children's Culture and the Avant-Garde [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1136269487
Author: Marilynn Strasser Olson
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Children's Culture and the Avant-Garde by Marilynn Strasser Olson Book Resume:

This volume explores the mutual influences between children’s literature and the avant-garde. Olson places particular focus on fin-de-siècle Paris, where the Avant-garde was not unified in thought and there was room for modernism to overlap with children’s literature and culture in the Golden Age. The ideas explored by artists such as Florence Upton, Henri Rousseau, Sir William Nicholson, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Marc Chagall had been disseminated widely in cultural productions for children; their work, in turn, influenced children’s culture. These artists turned to children’s culture as a "new way of seeing," allied to a contemporary interest in international artistic styles. Children’s culture also has strong ties to decadence and to the grotesque, the latter of which became a distinctively Modernist vision. This book visits the qualities of the era that were defined as uniquely childlike, the relation of childhood to high and low art, and the relation of children’s literature to fin-de-siècle artistic trends. Topics of interest include the use of non-European figures (the Golliwogg), approaches to religion and pedagogy, to oppression and motherhood, to Nature in a post-Darwinian world, and to vision in art and life. Olson’s unique focus covers new ground by concentrating not simply on children's literature, but on how childhood experiences and culture figure in art.

Victims of the Book

Victims of the Book [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1487532180
Author: Francois Proulx
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
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Victims of the Book uncovers a long-neglected but once widespread subgenre: the fin-de-siècle novel of formation in France. Novels about and geared toward adolescent male readers were imbued with a deep worry over young Frenchmen’s masculinity, as evidenced by titles like Crise de jeunesse (Youth in Crisis, 1897), La Crise virile (Crisis of Virility, 1898), La Vie stérile (A Sterile Life, 1892), and La Mortelle Impuissance (Deadly Impotence, 1903). In this book, François Proulx examines a wide panorama of these novels, many of which have rarely been studied, as well as polemical essays, pedagogical articles, and medical treatises on the perceived threats posed by young Frenchmen’s reading habits. Against this cultural backdrop, he illuminates all that was at stake in representations of the male reader by prominent novelists of the period, including Jules Vallès, Paul Bourget, Maurice Barrès, André Gide, and Marcel Proust. In the final decades of the nineteenth century, social commentators insistently characterized excessive reading as an emasculating illness that afflicted French youth. Fin-de-siècle writers responded to this pathologization of reading with a profusion of novels addressed to young male readers, paradoxically proposing their own novels as potential cures. In the early twentieth century, this corpus was critically revisited by a new generation of writers. Victims of the Book shows how Gide and Proust in particular reworked the fin-de-siècle paradox to subvert cultural norms about literature and masculinity, proposing instead a queer pact between writer and reader.

Language, Science and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle

Language, Science and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1351923323
Author: Christine Ferguson
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Language, Science and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle by Christine Ferguson Book Resume:

Christine Ferguson's timely study is the first comprehensive examination of the importance of language in forming a crucial nexus among popular fiction, biology, and philology at the Victorian fin-de-siècle. Focusing on a variety of literary and non-literary texts, the book maps out the dialogue between the Victorian life and social sciences most involved in the study of language and the literary genre frequently indicted for causing linguistic corruption and debasement - popular fiction. Ferguson demonstrates how Darwinian biological, philological, and anthropological accounts of 'primitive' and animal language were co-opted into wider cultural debates about the apparent brutality of popular fiction, and shows how popular novelists such as Marie Corelli, Grant Allen, H.G. Wells, H. Rider Haggard, and Bram Stoker used their fantastic narratives to radically reformulate the relationships among language, thought, and progress that underwrote much of the contemporary prejudice against mass literary taste. In its alignment of scientific, cultural, and popular discourses of human language, Language, Science, and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle stands as a corrective to assessments of best-selling fiction's intellectual, ideological, and aesthetic simplicity.

Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de Siècle

Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de Siècle [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3319326244
Author: Beth Rodgers
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Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de Siècle by Beth Rodgers Book Resume:

This book examines the construction of adolescent girlhood across a range of genres in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. It argues that there was a preoccupation with defining, characterising and naming adolescent girlhood at the fin de siècle. These ‘daughters of today’, ‘juvenile spinsters’ and ‘modern girls’, as the press variously termed them, occupying a borderland between childhood and womanhood, were seen to be inextricably connected to late nineteenth-century modernity: they were the products of changes taking place in education and employment and of the challenge to traditional conceptions of femininity presented by the Woman Question. The author argues that the shifting nature of the modern adolescent girl made her a malleable cultural figure, and a meeting point for many of the prevalent debates associated with fin-de-siècle society. By juxtaposing diverse material, from children’s books and girls’ magazines to New Woman novels and psychological studies, the author contextualises adolescent girlhood as a distinct but complex cultural category at the end of the nineteenth century.

Literature and the Child

Literature and the Child [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1587292912
Author: James Holt Mcgavran
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
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Literature and the Child by James Holt Mcgavran Book Resume:

The Romantic myth of childhood as a transhistorical holy time of innocence and spirituality, uncorrupted by the adult world, has been subjected in recent years to increasingly serious interrogation. Was there ever really a time when mythic ideals were simple, pure, and uncomplicated? The contributors to this book contend—although in widely differing ways and not always approvingly—that our culture is indeed still pervaded, in this postmodern moment of the very late twentieth century, by the Romantic conception of childhood which first emerged two hundred years ago. In the wake of the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, western Europe experienced another fin de siècle characterized by overwhelming material and institutional change and instability. By historicizing the specific political, social, and economic conflicts at work within the notion of Romantic childhood, the essayists in Literature and the Child show us how little these forces have changed over time and how enriching and empowering they can still be for children and their parents. In the first section, “Romanticism Continued and Contested,” Alan Richardson and Mitzi Myers question the origins and ends of Romantic childhood. In “Romantic Ironies, Postmodern Texts,” Dieter Petzold, Richard Flynn, and James McGavran argue that postmodern texts for both children and adults perpetuate the Romantic complexities of childhood. Next, in “The Commerce of Children's Books,” Anne Lundin and Paula Connolly study the production and marketing of children's classics. Finally, in “Romantic Ideas in Cultural Confrontations,” William Scheick and Teya Rosenberg investigate interactions of Romantic myths with those of other cultural systems.

Representing the Holocaust in Children's Literature

Representing the Holocaust in Children's Literature [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1135354111
Author: Lydia Kokkola
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Representing the Holocaust in Children's Literature by Lydia Kokkola Book Resume:

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle

American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1442695579
Author: Kirsten MacLeod
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
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American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle by Kirsten MacLeod Book Resume:

In American Little Magazines of the Fin de Siecle, Kirsten MacLeod examines the rise of a new print media form – the little magazine – and its relationship to the transformation of American cultural life at the turn of the twentieth century. Though the little magazine has long been regarded as the preserve of modernist avant-gardes and elite artistic coteries, for whom it served as a form of resistance to mass media, MacLeod’s detailed study of its origins paints a different picture. Combining cultural, textual, literary, and media studies criticism, MacLeod demonstrates how the little magazine was deeply connected to the artistic, social, political, and cultural interests of a rising professional-managerial class. She offers a richly contextualized analysis of the little magazine’s position in the broader media landscape: namely, its relationship to old and new media, including pre-industrial print forms, newspapers, mass-market magazines, fine press books, and posters. MacLeod’s study challenges conventional understandings of the little magazine as a genre and emphasizes the power of “little” media in a mass-market context.

Environmental Crisis in Young Adult Fiction

Environmental Crisis in Young Adult Fiction [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 113727011X
Author: A. Curry
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Environmental Crisis in Young Adult Fiction by A. Curry Book Resume:

This pioneering study is the first full-length treatment of feminism and the environment in children's literature. Drawing on the history, philosophy and ethics of ecofeminism, it examines the ways in which post-apocalyptic landscapes in young adult fiction reflect contemporary attitudes towards environmental crisis and human responsibility.

Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de Siècle

Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de Siècle [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3319326244
Author: Beth Rodgers
Publisher: Springer
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Adolescent Girlhood and Literary Culture at the Fin de Siècle by Beth Rodgers Book Resume:

This book examines the construction of adolescent girlhood across a range of genres in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. It argues that there was a preoccupation with defining, characterising and naming adolescent girlhood at the fin de siècle. These ‘daughters of today’, ‘juvenile spinsters’ and ‘modern girls’, as the press variously termed them, occupying a borderland between childhood and womanhood, were seen to be inextricably connected to late nineteenth-century modernity: they were the products of changes taking place in education and employment and of the challenge to traditional conceptions of femininity presented by the Woman Question. The author argues that the shifting nature of the modern adolescent girl made her a malleable cultural figure, and a meeting point for many of the prevalent debates associated with fin-de-siècle society. By juxtaposing diverse material, from children’s books and girls’ magazines to New Woman novels and psychological studies, the author contextualises adolescent girlhood as a distinct but complex cultural category at the end of the nineteenth century.

Seriality and Texts for Young People

Seriality and Texts for Young People [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137356006
Author: M. Reimer,N. Ali,D. England,M. Dennis Unrau,Melanie Dennis Unrau
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Seriality and Texts for Young People by M. Reimer,N. Ali,D. England,M. Dennis Unrau,Melanie Dennis Unrau Book Resume:

Seriality and Texts for Young People is a collection of thirteen scholarly essays about series and serial texts directed to children and youth, each of which begins from the premise that a basic principle of seriality is repetition.

Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle

Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0230554849
Author: J. Reid
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Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle by J. Reid Book Resume:

In this fascinating book, Reid examines Robert Louis Stevenson's writings in the context of late-Victorian evolutionist thought, arguing that an interest in 'primitive' life is at the heart of his work. She investigates a wide range of Stevenson's writing, including Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Treasure Island as well as previously unpublished material from the Stevenson archive at Yale. Reid's interpretation offers a new way of understanding the relationship between his Scottish and South Seas work. Her analysis of Stevenson's engagement with anthropological and psychological debate also illuminates the dynamic intersections between literature and science at the fin de siècle.

Children's Literature and the Avant-Garde

Children's Literature and the Avant-Garde [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 902726838X
Author: Elina Druker,Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
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Children's Literature and the Avant-Garde by Elina Druker,Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer Book Resume:

Children’s Literature and the Avant-Garde is the first study that investigates the intricate influence of the avant-garde movements on children’s literature in different countries from the beginning of the 20th century until the present. Examining a wide range of children’s books from Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the USA, the individual chapters explore the historical as well as the cultural and political aspects that determine the exceptional character of avant-garde children’s books. Drawing on studies in children’s literature research, art history, and cultural studies, this volume provides comprehensive insights into the close relationships between avant-garde children’s literature, images of childhood, and contemporary ideas of education. Addressing topics such as the impact of exhibitions, the significance of the Bauhaus, and the influence of poster art and graphic design, the book illustrates the broad range of issues associated with avant-garde children’s books. More than 60 full-color illustrations demonstrate the impressive variety of design in avant-garde picturebooks and children’s books.

Parents and Children in the Mid-Victorian Novel

Parents and Children in the Mid-Victorian Novel [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 303045469X
Author: Madeleine Wood
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Parents and Children in the Mid-Victorian Novel by Madeleine Wood Book Resume:

This book produces an original argument about the emergence of ‘trauma’ in the nineteenth-century through new readings of Dickens, Emily and Charlotte Bronte, Collins, Gaskell and Elliot. Madeleine Wood argues that the mid-Victorian novels present their protagonists in a state of damage, provoked and defined by the conditions of the mid-century family: the cross-generational relationship is presented as formative and traumatising. By presenting family relationships as decisive for our psychological state as well as our social identity, the Victorian authors pushed beyond the contemporary scientific models available to them. Madeleine Wood analyses the literary and historical conditions of the mid-century period that led to this new literary emphasis, and which paved the way for the emergence of psychoanalysis in Vienna at the fin de siècle. Analysing a series of theoretical texts, Madeleine Wood shows that psychoanalysis shares the mid-Victorian concern with the unequal relationship between adult and child, focusing her reading through Freud’s early writings and Jean Laplanche’s ‘general theory of seduction’.

Decadent Subjects

Decadent Subjects [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0801874645
Author: Charles Bernheimer
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Decadent Subjects by Charles Bernheimer Book Resume:

Through careful analysis of the literature, art, and music of the fin de siècle including a riveting discussion of the many faces of Salome, Bernheimer leaves us with a fascinating and multidimensional look at decadence, all the more important as we emerge from our own fin de siècle.

Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood

Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3319604112
Author: Joseph Bristow
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Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood by Joseph Bristow Book Resume:

This is the first collection of critical essays that explores Oscar Wilde’s interest in children’s culture, whether in relation to his famous fairy stories, his life as a caring father to two small boys, his place as a defender of children’s rights within the prison system, his fascination with youthful beauty, and his theological contemplation of what it means to be a child in the eyes of God. The collection also examines the ways in which Wilde’s works—not just his fairy stories—have been adapted for young audiences.

The Peripheral Child in Nineteenth Century Literature and its Criticism

The Peripheral Child in Nineteenth Century Literature and its Criticism [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137452455
Author: N. Cocks
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The Peripheral Child in Nineteenth Century Literature and its Criticism by N. Cocks Book Resume:

Established accounts of the child in nineteenth century literature tend to focus on those who occupy a central position within narratives. This book is concerned with children who are not so easily recognized or remembered, the peripheral or overlooked children to be read in works by Dickens, Brontë, Austen and Rossetti.

Degeneration, Normativity and the Gothic at the Fin de Siècle

Degeneration, Normativity and the Gothic at the Fin de Siècle [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137450339
Author: S. Karschay
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Degeneration, Normativity and the Gothic at the Fin de Siècle by S. Karschay Book Resume:

This exciting new study looks at degeneration and deviance in nineteenth-century science and late-Victorian Gothic fiction. The questions it raises are as relevant today as they were at the nineteenth century's fin de siecle: What constitutes the norm from which a deviation has occurred? What exactly does it mean to be 'normal' or 'abnormal'?

Women in Journalism at the Fin de Siècle

Women in Journalism at the Fin de Siècle [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137001305
Author: F. Gray
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Women in Journalism at the Fin de Siècle by F. Gray Book Resume:

As the nineteenth-century drew to a close, women became more numerous and prominent in British journalism. This book offers a fascinating introduction to the work lives of twelve such journalists, and each essay examines the career, writing and strategic choices of women battling against the odds to secure recognition in a male-dominated society.