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1st Edition

Opening The Nursery Door

ISBN 9780415148993
Published May 5, 1997 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Opening the Nursery Door is a fascinating collection of essays inspired by the discovery of a tiny archive: the nursery library of Jane Johnson 1707-1759, wife of a Lincolnshire vicar. It has captured the scholarly interest of social anthropologists, historians, literary scholars, educationalists and archivists as it has opened up a range of questions about the nature of childhood within English cultural life over three centuries: the texts written and read to children, the multifarious ways childhood has been considered, shaped and schooled through literacy practices, and the hitherto ignored role of women educators in early childhood across all classes.


'The quality of the chapters is uniformly high, and they are wide-ranging, interesting and informative. This is a very successful book, packed with insight...' - The National Literacy Trust's 1997 International Annotated Bibliography of Books on Literacy.