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Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present: Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present


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This series recognizes and supports innovative work on the child and on literature for children and adolescents that informs teaching and engages with current and emerging debates in the field. Proposals are welcome for interdisciplinary and comparative studies by humanities scholars working in a variety of fields, including literature; book history, periodicals history, and print culture and the sociology of texts; theater, film, musicology, and performance studies; history, including the history of education; gender studies; art history and visual culture; cultural studies; and religion.

Topics might include, among other possibilities, how concepts and representations of the child have changed in response to adult concerns; postcolonial and transnational perspectives; "domestic imperialism" and the acculturation of the young within and across class and ethnic lines; the commercialization of childhood and children's bodies; views of young people as consumers and/or originators of culture; the child and religious discourse; children's and adolescents' self-representations; and adults' recollections of childhood.

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The Aesthetics of Children's Poetry A Study of Children's Verse in English

The Aesthetics of Children's Poetry: A Study of Children's Verse in English

1st Edition

Edited By Katherine Wakely-Mulroney, Louise Joy
November 02, 2017

This collection gives sustained attention to the literary dimensions of children’s poetry from the eighteenth century to the present. While reasserting the importance of well-known voices, such as those of Isaac Watts, William Blake, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti, A. A. Milne, and Carol Ann ...

Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Childhood and the Politics of Play

Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Childhood and the Politics of Play

1st Edition

By Michelle Beissel Heath
September 19, 2017

Drawing evidence from transatlantic literary texts of childhood as well as from nineteenth and early twentieth century children’s and family card, board, and parlor games and games manuals, Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Childhood and the Politics of Play aims to reveal what might be thought of as ...

Reinventing Childhood Nostalgia Books, Toys, and Contemporary Media Culture

Reinventing Childhood Nostalgia: Books, Toys, and Contemporary Media Culture

1st Edition

Edited By Elisabeth Wesseling
September 13, 2017

While Romantic-era concepts of childhood nostalgia have been understood as the desire to retrieve the ephemeral mindset of the child, this collection proposes that the emergence of digital media has altered this reflective gesture towards the past. No longer is childhood nostalgia reliant on ...

Nordic Childhoods 1700–1960 From Folk Beliefs to Pippi Longstocking

Nordic Childhoods 1700–1960: From Folk Beliefs to Pippi Longstocking

1st Edition

Edited By Reidar Aasgaard, Marcia Bunge, Merethe Roos
August 14, 2017

This volume strengthens interest and research in the fields of both Childhood Studies and Nordic Studies by exploring conceptions of children and childhood in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). Although some books have been written about the history of childhood ...

Women and the Shaping of the Nation's Young Education and Public Doctrine in Britain 1750–1850

Women and the Shaping of the Nation's Young: Education and Public Doctrine in Britain 1750–1850

1st Edition

By Mary Hilton
October 19, 2016

Researchers have neglected the cultural history of education and as a result women's educational works have been disparaged as narrowly didactic and redundant to the history of ideas. Mary Hilton's book serves as a corrective to these biases by culturally contextualising the popular educational ...

Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-World and British Colonial Contexts, 1800-1950

Creating Religious Childhoods in Anglo-World and British Colonial Contexts, 1800-1950

1st Edition

Edited By Hugh Morrison, Mary Clare Martin
November 29, 2016

Drawing on examples from British world expressions of Christianity, this collection further greater understanding of religion as a critical element of modern children’s and young people’s history. It builds on emerging scholarship that challenges the view that religion had a solely negative impact ...

Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain Beliefs, Cultures, Practices

Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain: Beliefs, Cultures, Practices

1st Edition

By Jill Shefrin, Mary Hilton
September 09, 2016

Posing a challenge to more traditional approaches to the history of education, this interdisciplinary collection examines the complex web of beliefs and methods by which culture was transmitted to young people in the long eighteenth century. Expanding the definition of education exposes the shaky ...

Fashioning Childhood in the Eighteenth Century Age and Identity

Fashioning Childhood in the Eighteenth Century: Age and Identity

1st Edition

Edited By Anja Müller
October 19, 2016

This innovative collection of essays re-examines conventional ideas of the history of childhood, exploring the child's increasing prominence in eighteenth-century discourse and the establishment of the category of age as a marker of social distinction alongside race, class and gender. While ...

Framing Childhood in Eighteenth-Century English Periodicals and Prints, 1689–1789

Framing Childhood in Eighteenth-Century English Periodicals and Prints, 1689–1789

1st Edition

By Anja Müller
November 11, 2016

Shedding light on an important and neglected topic in childhood studies, Anja Müller interrogates how different concepts of childhood proliferated and were construed in several important eighteenth-century periodicals and satirical prints. Müller focuses on The Tatler, The Spectator, The Guardian...

Public School Literature, Civic Education and the Politics of Male Adolescence

Public School Literature, Civic Education and the Politics of Male Adolescence

1st Edition

By Jenny Holt
October 19, 2016

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, British society gradually began to see 'adolescence' as a distinct social entity worthy of concentrated study and debate. Jenny Holt argues that the social construction of the public schoolboy, a figure made ubiquitous by a huge body of fictional...

The Child Savage, 1890–2010 From Comics to Games

The Child Savage, 1890–2010: From Comics to Games

1st Edition

Edited By Elisabeth Wesseling
September 09, 2016

Taking up the understudied relationship between the cultural history of childhood and media studies, this volume traces twentieth-century migrations of the child-savage analogy from colonial into postcolonial discourse across a wide range of old and new media. Older and newer media such as films, ...

The Nineteenth-Century Child and Consumer Culture

The Nineteenth-Century Child and Consumer Culture

1st Edition

Edited By Dennis Denisoff
November 28, 2016

During the rise of consumer culture in the nineteenth century, children and childhood were called on to fulfill a range of important roles. In addition to being consumers themselves, the young functioned as both 'goods' to be used and consumed by adults and as proof that middle-class materialist ...

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