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Author O'Malley, Andrew, 1968-

Title The making of the modern child : children's literature and childhood in the late eighteenth century / Andrew O'Malley
Published New York : Routledge, 2003


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 MELB  820.0809282 O5433/M  AVAILABLE
Description ix, 189 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Children's literature and culture ; 28
Children's literature and culture ; 28
Contents The coach and six : chapbook residue in late eighteenth-century children's literature -- Class relations in middle-class children's literature : interacting with and representing the poor and the rich -- The medical management of the late eighteenth-century child -- Towards the self-regulating subject : teaching discipline in pedagogical systems and children's books -- Molding the middle-class subject of the future : applied lessons and the construction of gender roles
Summary "The Making of the Modern Child investigates the timely construction of childhood and children's literature in late-eighteenth-century England. Examining the early history of children's literature in a political and ideological context, Andrew O'Malley traces the origins of our modern notion of childhood back to the dawn of the industrial age. He explores how social and cultural transformations - notably the consolidation of the English middle class - as well as scientific and medical advances led to the emergence of "the child" as a distinct subject category, with its own specialized book market. Close readings of pedagogical, paediatric, and literary texts of the period provide compelling evidence of the intricate connection between the development of childhood and the revolutionary changes in late-eighteenth-century English society."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Children's literature, English -- History and criticism.
English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Children -- Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Children -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
LC no. 2003006065
ISBN 9780203504314 (electronic bk.)