Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time

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The first book-length look at childhood in Edwardian fiction, this book challenges assumptions that the Edwardian period was simply a continuation of the Victorian or the start of the Modern. Exploring both classics and popular fiction, the authors provide a a compelling picture of the Edwardian fictional cult of childhood.

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Overview

The first book-length look at childhood in Edwardian fiction, this book challenges assumptions that the Edwardian period was simply a continuation of the Victorian or the start of the Modern. Exploring both classics and popular fiction, the authors provide a a compelling picture of the Edwardian fictional cult of childhood.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780230221611
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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ADRIENNE E. GAVIN is a Reader in English at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. She is author of Dark Horse: A Life of Anna Sewell and co-editor of Mystery in Childrens Literature and Re-Embroidering the Robe: Faith, Myth and Literary Creation Since 1850.
ANDREW F. HUMPHRIES is a Senior Lecturer in English and Drama Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, where he specializes in twentieth-century literature. He is currently working on a PhD in English entitled Motion Human Inhuman: Transport, Travel, and Technological Mobility in the Novels of D.H. Lawrence.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Notes on Contributors
Worlds Enough and Time: The Cult of Childhood in Edwardian Fiction—A.E.Gavin and A.F.Humphries
PART I: THE CHILD LOST
Pagan Papers: History, Mysticism, and Edwardian Childhood—P.March-Russell
Cult or Cull?: Peter Pan and Childhood in the Edwardian Age—K.L.McGavock
Intangible Children: Longing, Loss, and the Edwardian Dream Child in J. M. Barries The Little White Bird and Rudyard Kiplings 'They'—A.E.Gavin
PART II: THE CHILD AT PLAY IN HOME AND GARDEN
The Edwardian Child in the Garden: Childhood in the Fiction of Frances Hodgson Burbanett—J.Darcy
Playing at House and Playing at Home: The Domestic Discourse of Games in Edwardian Fictions of Childhood—M.Beissel Heath
Separated Lives and Discordant Homes: The Otherness of Childhood in D. H. Lawrences Early Fiction—A.F.Humphries
PART III: SOCIETYS CHILD
Exhibiting Childhood: E. Nesbit and the Childrens Welfare Exhibitions—J.Bavidge
'Girls! Girls, Everywhere!': Angela Brazils Edwardian School Stories—M.Smith
Towards the Modern Man: Edwardian Boyhood in the Juvenile Periodical Press—S.Olsen
PART IV: SAVAGERY AND THE CHILD
Primitive Minds: Anthropology, Children, and Savages in Andrew Lang and Rudyard Kipling—K.Sands-OConnor
Truth and Claw: The Beastly Children and Childlike Beasts of Saki, Beatrix Potter, and Kenneth Grahame—E.Hale
Murdering Adulthood: From Child Killers to Boy Soldiers in Sakis Fiction—B.Gibson
Index

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