Youth of Darkest England
Working-Class Children at the Heart of Victorian Empire
By Troy Boone
Routledge – 2005 – 256 pages
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.
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
Troy M. Boone is Assistant Professor of English and Acting Director of the Children's Literature Program at the University of Pittsburgh, US.