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Children’s Literature in the Long 19th Century

1st Edition

Edited by Catherine Butler, Ann Alston


122 pages

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Hardback: 9780367356736
pub: 2019-10-05
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In this collection the multidimensional story of children’s literature in the formative period of the long nineteenth century is illuminated, questioned, and, in some respects, rewritten.

Children’s literature might be characterised as the love-child of the Enlightenment and the Romantic movements, and much of its history over the long nineteenth century shows it being defined, shaped, and co-opted by a variety of agents, each of whom has their own ambitions for it and for its child readership. Is children’s literature primarily a way of educating children in the principles of reason and morality? A celebration of the Rousseauesque child? A source of pleasure and entertainment? Women, both as writers and as nurturers involved at an intimate and daily level with the raising of children, recognised early and often very explicitly the multiple capacities of literature to provide entertainment, useful information, moral education and social training, and the occasionally conflicting nature of these functions.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Women’s Writing.

Table of Contents


Ann Alston and Catherine Butler

1. The British Reception of Genlis’s Adèle et Théodore, Preceptive Fiction and the Professionalization of Handmade Literacies

Donelle Ruwe

2. The Metropolis and Female Citizenship in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Original Stories from Real Life

Somi Ahn

3. Satirical Conservatism in Catherine Ann Dorset’s Papillonades

Daniel Froid

4. "How One Subject Springs Out of Another!": The Strickland Family and Early Nineteenth-Century Children’s Literature

Jane Stafford

5. "Marietza": An Example of Catherine Maria Sedgwick’S Depiction of the "Other" in Her Books for Children

Bahar Gürsel

6. American Woman: Feminine Speech and the Reformation of National Identity through Female Community in Louisa May Alcott’s An Old-Fashioned Girl

Deanna Stover

7. The Empire Girl Goes to War: Bessie Marchant’s World War I Fiction

Terri Doughty

About the Editors

Catherine Butler is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University, UK, and the Editor of Children’s Literature in Education. Her latest book is Literary Studies Deconstructed (2018).

Ann Alston is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of the West of England, UK. She is author of The Family in English Children’s Literature (2008), co-editor of Roald Dahl (New Casebooks) (with Catherine Butler, 2012), and has also published essays on Roald Dahl’s children’s literature.

About the Series

Historical Women's Writing

This series explores a wide range of women’s writing from across the world, spanning several centuries up to the First World War. Each volume consists of a collection of essays focusing on a specific theme, time-period, genre, or author, ranging from the canonical to lesser-known and neglected writers. These books will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of literature and history, as well as for more general readers with an interest in historical women writers and their work.

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