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The Making of the Modern Child

Children's Literature in the Late Eighteenth Century

By Andrew O'Malley

Routledge – 2003 – 202 pages

Series: Children's Literature and Culture

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Description

This book explores how the concept of childhood in the late-18th century was constructed through the ideological work performed by children's literature, as well as pedagogical writing and medical literature of the era. Andrew O'Malley ties the evolution of the idea of "the child" to the growth of the middle class, which used the figure of the child as a symbol in its various calls for social reform.

Contents

Introduction: The English Middle Classes of the Late Eighteenth Century and the Impetus for Pedagogical Reform 1. The Coach and Six: Chapbook Residue in Late Eighteenth-Century Children's Literature 2. Class Relations in Middle-Class Children's Literature: Interacting with and Representing the Poor and the Rich 3. The Medical Management of the Late Eighteenth-Century Child 4. Towards the Self-Regulating Subject: Teaching Discipline in Pedagogical Systems and Children's Books 5. Molding the Middle-Class Subject of the Future: Applied Lessons and the Construction of Gender Roles Conclusion: he Trajectory of Children's Literature into the Early Nineteenth Century: Moving Towards a Middle-Class Form of Fantasy Notes Works Cited

Author Bio

Andrew O’Malley is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Ryerson University, Canada.

Name: The Making of the Modern Child: Children's Literature in the Late Eighteenth Century (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Andrew O'Malley. This book explores how the concept of childhood in the late-18th century was constructed through the ideological work performed by children's literature, as well as pedagogical writing and medical literature of the era. Andrew O'Malley...
Categories: Literature, Children's Literature, 18th Century Literature