The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader / Edition 1

The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader / Edition 1

by Caroline F. Levander, Carol J. Singley, Gillian Brown, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Melanie Dawson
     
 

ISBN-10: 081353223X

ISBN-13: 9780813532233

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

From the time that the infant colonies broke away from the parent country to the present day, narratives of U.S. national identity are persistently configured in the language of childhood and family. In The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader, contributors address matters of race, gender, and family to chart the ways that representations of the

Overview

From the time that the infant colonies broke away from the parent country to the present day, narratives of U.S. national identity are persistently configured in the language of childhood and family. In The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader, contributors address matters of race, gender, and family to chart the ways that representations of the child typify historical periods and conflicting ideas. They build on the recent critical renaissance in childhood studies by bringing to their essays a wide range of critical practices and methodologies.

Although the volume is grounded heavily in the literary, it draws on other disciplines, revealing that representations of children and childhood are not isolated artifacts but cultural productions that in turn affect the social climates around them. Essayists look at games, pets, adolescent sexuality, death, family relations, and key texts such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the movie Pocahontas; they reveal the ways in which the figure of the child operates as a rich vehicle for writers to consider evolving ideas of nation and the diverse role of citizens within it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813532233
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Table of contents for The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader edited by Caroline F. Levander and Carol J. Singley




Introduction - Caroline F. Levander and Carol J. Singley
Child's Play - Gillian Brown
Playing at Class - Karen Sánchez-Eppler
The Miniaturizing of Girlhood: Nineteenth-Century Playtime and Gendered Theories of Development - Melanie Dawson
Of Babies, Beasts, and Bondage: Slavery and the Question of Citizenship in Antebellum American Children's Literature - Lesley Ginsberg
Betsy and the Canon - Kelly Hager
Traumatic Realism and the Wounded Child - Jane F. Thrailkill
Constructing the Psychoanalytic Child: Freud's From the History of an Infantile Neurosis - Michelle A. Massé
Black Babies, White Hysteria: The Dark Child in African-American Literature of the Harlem Renaissance - Laura Dawkins
Lewis Hine's Family Romance - Richard S. Lowry
On Boyhood and Public Swimming: Sidney Kingsley's Dead End and Representations of Underclass Street Kids in American Cultural Production - Jeffrey Turner
The Pedagogy of the Popular Front: "Progressive Parenting" for a New Generation, 1918 -1945 - Julia Mickenberg
"Please Let Me Come Home": Homesickness and Family Ties at Early-Twentieth-Century Summer Camps - Leslie Paris
Transformative Terrains: Korean Adoptees and the Social Constructions of an American Childhood - Catherine Ceniza Choy and Gregory Paul Choy
Reel Origins: Multiculturalism, History, and the American Children's Movie - Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez
Notes on Contributors
Index

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