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Growing Up in England: The Experience of Childhood 1600-1914

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Overview

"This book presents an entirely fresh view of the upbringing of English children in upper and professional class families over three centuries. Drawing on direct testimony from contemporary diaries and letters, the book revises previous understandings of parenting and what it was like to grow up in the period between 1600 and 1914." Using advice literature which set out developing ideologies of childhood, gender and parenting, the book explores the separate but complementary roles of mothers and fathers in raising their children. Male upbringing is discussed in terms of schooling, female through the moral and social context of a domestic schoolroom dominated by a governess. Boys were trained for the world, girls for society and marriage. Rare teenage diaries surviving from the Georgian and Victorian periods show teenagers speaking for themselves about education; relationships with parents, siblings and friends; and their social, class and gender identity.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
"Fletcher has written an important synthesis of the rearing of elite English children in the modern period. Using a wide variety of sources including diaries and letters, Fletcher details a continuity in parenting that has been generally overlooked. Recommended. All academic levels/libraries."—Choice
Journal of British Studies

"Growing Up in England is a valuable contribution to the histories of gender, families, education, and children. His simple argument: "gendered parenting. . . produced gendered children" should spur new inquiries into the gendered nature not only of childhood, but of adulthood and the institutions they created and inhabited." —Amy Harris, Journal of British Studies

— Amy Harris

Journal of Modern History

"For Fletcher, children were instructed in class-specific masculinity and femininity in order that they could perform their gendered roles as adults. . . . Fletcher draws on extensive existing scholarship, as well as archival and printed source material, to demonstrate this thesis copiously. . . . Fletcher is intimately acquainted with the extraordinary relics of the Trench family, the twelve volumes of Lucy Lyttelton''s lyrical diary, and many other gems dug up from county record offices."—Aysha Pollnitz, Journal of Modern History

— Aysha Pollnitz

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"Meticulously documented...[Growing up in England draws] on a wealth of firsthand accounts of parents and children in letters and diaries."--Andrew O''Malley, 1650-1850

— Andrew O'Malley

Journal of British Studies - Amy Harris
"Growing Up in England is a valuable contribution to the histories of gender, families, education, and children. His simple argument: "gendered parenting. . . produced gendered children" should spur new inquiries into the gendered nature not only of childhood, but of adulthood and the institutions they created and inhabited." —Amy Harris, Journal of British Studies
Journal of Modern History - Aysha Pollnitz
"For Fletcher, children were instructed in class-specific masculinity and femininity in order that they could perform their gendered roles as adults. . . . Fletcher draws on extensive existing scholarship, as well as archival and printed source material, to demonstrate this thesis copiously. . . . Fletcher is intimately acquainted with the extraordinary relics of the Trench family, the twelve volumes of Lucy Lyttelton's lyrical diary, and many other gems dug up from county record offices."—Aysha Pollnitz, Journal of Modern History
1650-1850 - Andrew O'Malley
"Meticulously documented...[Growing up in England draws] on a wealth of firsthand accounts of parents and children in letters and diaries."—Andrew O'Malley, 1650-1850
Choice
"Fletcher has written an important synthesis of the rearing of elite English children in the modern period. Using a wide variety of sources including diaries and letters, Fletcher details a continuity in parenting that has been generally overlooked. Recommended. All academic levels/libraries."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300118506
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Fletcher has been professor of history at the Universities of Sheffield, Durham, and Essex, and director of the Victoria County History at London University. His previous books include Gender, Sex, and Subordination in England, 1500–1800. He lives in the UK.

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Table of Contents

Plates viii

Preface and Acknowledgements xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Prescription 1

1 Childhood 3

2 Boyhood 12

3 Girlhood 23

4 Parenthood 37

Part II Parenting 53

5 Care and Affection 55

6 Marital Partnership 64

7 Children Who Died 81

8 Maternity 94

9 Motherly Performance 108

10 Fatherly Performance 129

11 Fathers and Educating Boys 149

12 Mothers and Educating Boys 173

13 The Public Schools 196

14 Boys at University 208

15 The Schoolroom 220

16 Girls at School 244

17 Training for Society 259

Part III Children 281

18 Personal Testimony 283

19 Home 292

20 School 312

21 Travel 327

22 Friendship and Love 339

23 Identity: Class, Nation and Gender 351

Abbreviations 369

Notes 370

Bibliography 402

Index 415

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