This seminal work examines the concurrence of childhood rebellion and conformity in Bengali literary texts (including adult texts), a pertinent yet unexplored area, making it a first of its kind. It is a study of the voice of child protagonists across children’s and adult literature in Bengali vis-à-vis the institutions of family, the education system, and the nationalist movement in the ninenteenth and twentieth centuries.
Preface. 1. Western Approaches to Childhood: An Overview. 2. Literary and Non Literary Representations of the Child in Nineteenth Century Bengal: An Overview. 3. The Twentieth Century Child versus the Home and Family. 4. Growing Resentments: The School and the Education System. 5. Escapes: Real and Fantastic. 6. Encounters with the World Beyond: Responding to the Nation in Crisis. 7. The Rebel Child and the Conformist Resolution. Glossary. Bibliography. About the Author.