Youth of Darkest England

Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empire

By Troy Boone

© 2005 – Routledge

256 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book examines the representation of English working-class children — the youthful inhabitants of the poor urban neighborhoods that a number of writers dubbed "darkest England" — in Victorian and Edwardian imperialist literature. In particular, Boone focuses on how the writings for and about youth undertook an ideological project to enlist working-class children into the British imperial enterprise, demonstrating convincingly that the British working-class youth resisted a nationalist identification process that tended to eradicate or obfuscate class differences.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Foreword Awknowledgments List of Illustrations Introduction 1. Henry Mayhew’s Children of the Street 2. Class, Violence, and Mid-Victorian Penny Fiction: "Murder Made Familiar"? 3. Improving Penny Fiction: The "Ticklish Work" of Treasure Island 4. Remaking Lawless Lads and Liscentious Girls: The Salvation Army and the Regeneration of Empire 5. The Boy Scouts and the Working Classes 6. Patriot Games: Football and the First World War Notes Bibliography IndexBottom of Form 7

About the Author

Troy M. Boone is Assistant Professor of English and Acting Director of the Children's Literature Program at the University of Pittsburgh, US.

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT009000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature