First published in 1985, this book brings together recent work on women and children from the nineteenth-century to the present. The contributors explore in different ways, and from different points of view, the way in which issues of language have been — and are still — central to the history of women and their relation to domestic and educational practices. A crucial issue is the contrast between what it spoken about girls and women, and what girls and women can speak about. The contributors relate this theme specifically to women’s position as mothers and the education of girls and women.
Contributors; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction 2 Private persons versus public someones: class, gender and politics in England, 1780-1850 Catherine Hall 3 The other voice: women, children and nineteenth-century spiritualism Alex Owen 4 Public and private children: infant education in the 1820s and 1830s Karen Clark 5 State and language: Peter Pan as written for the child Jacqueline Rose 6 ‘The time of your life’: the meaning of the school story Gill Frith 7 ‘Listen, how the caged bird sings’: Amarjit’s song Carolyn Steedman 8 Constructing motherhood: the persuasion of normal development Cathy Urwin 9 On the regulation of speaking and silence: subjectivity, class and gender in contemporary schooling Valerie Walkerdine; Bibliography; Name index; Subject index