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Author Gubar, Marah, 1973-

Title Artful dodgers : reconceiving the golden age of children's literature / Marah Gubar
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 264 pages) : illustrations
Series [CRKN ebooks]
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Contents Our field: the rise of the child narrator -- Collaborating with the enemy: Treasure Island -- Reciprocal aggression: unromantic agency in the art of Lewis Carroll -- Partners in crime: E. Nesbit and the art of thieving -- The cult of the child and the controversy over child actors -- Burnett, Barrie, and the emergence of children's theatre
Summary "In this groundbreaking contribution to Victorian and childhood studies, Marah Gubar proposes a fundamental reconception of the nineteenth-century attitude toward the child. The Romantic ideology of innocence spread more slowly than we think, she contends, and the people whom we assume were most committed to it--children's authors and members of the infamous "cult of the child"--Were actually deeply ambivalent. Writers such as Lewis Carroll, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and J.M. Barrie often resisted the growing cultural pressure to erect a strict barrier between child and adult, innocence and experience. Instead of urging young people to mold themselves to match a static ideal of artless simplicity, they frequently conceived of children as precociously literate, highly socialized beings who--though indisputably shaped by the strictures of civilized life--could nevertheless cope with such influences in creative ways"--Abstract
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-251) and index
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Subject Adolescence in literature.
Children in literature.
Children's literature, English -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Oxford University Press.
LC no. 2008024308
ISBN 9780199868490 ebook No price
0199714479 (electronic bk.)
9780195336252 (hardback ; alk. paper)
9780199714476 (electronic bk.)