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Author Frevert, Ute, author

Title Learning How to Feel : Children's Literature and Emotional Socialization, 1870-1970 / Ute Frevert, Pascal Eitler, Stephanie Olsen, Uffa Jensen, Margrit Pernau, Daniel Brückenhaus, Magdalena Beljan, Benno Gammerl, Anja Laukötter, Bettina Hitzer, Jan Plamper, Juliane Brauer, and Joachim C. Häberlen
Edition First edition
Published Oxford [England] : Oxford University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource
Series Emotions in history
Emotions in history.
Summary Learning How to Feel explores the ways in which children and adolescents learn not just how to express emotions that are thought to be pre-existing, but actually how to feel. The volume assumes that the embryonic ability to feel unfolds through a complex dialogue with the social and cultural environment and specifically through reading material. The fundamental formation takes place in childhood and youth. A multi-authored historical monograph, Learning How to Feel uses children's literature and advice manuals to access the training practices and learning processes for a wide range of emotions in the modern age, circa 1870-1970. The study takes an international approach, covering a broad array of social, cultural, and political milieus in Britain, Germany, India, Russia, France, Canada, and the United States. Learning How to Feel places multidirectional learning processes at the centre of the discussion, through the concept of practical knowledge. The book innovatively draws a framework for broad historical change during the course of the period. Emotional interaction between adult and child gave way to a focus on emotional interactions among children, while gender categories became less distinct. Children were increasingly taught to take responsibility for their own emotional development, to find 'authenticity' for themselves. In the context of changing social, political, cultural, and gender agendas, the building of nations, subjects and citizens, and the forging of moral and religious values, Learning How to Feel demonstrates how children were provided with emotional learning tools through their reading matter to navigate their emotional lives
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Children's literature -- Criticism and interpretation.
Emotions in children.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Beljan, Magdalena, author
Brauer, Juliane, 1975- author
Brückenhaus, Daniel, author
Eitler, Pascal, author
Gammerl, Benno, author
Häberlen, Joachim C., author
Hitzer, Bettina, author
Jensen, Uffa, author
Laukötter, Anja, author
Olsen, Stephanie, author
Pernau, Margrit, author
Plamper, Jan, 1970- author
ISBN 0191508004 (electronic bk.)
9780191508004 (electronic bk.)