History of American Childhood Series: History of Children's Literature / Edition 1

History of American Childhood Series: History of Children's Literature / Edition 1

by Gale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805741070

ISBN-13: 9780805741070

Pub. Date: 11/12/1998

Publisher: Gale Group

Of the many ways cultures have to socialize the young, western cultures have relied heavily on books to transmit certain social values and to cast aspersions on others. In her new study, American Children's Literature and the Construction of Childhood, author Gail S. Murray argues that the meaning of childhood is socially constructed and that its meaning has changed…  See more details below

Overview

Of the many ways cultures have to socialize the young, western cultures have relied heavily on books to transmit certain social values and to cast aspersions on others. In her new study, American Children's Literature and the Construction of Childhood, author Gail S. Murray argues that the meaning of childhood is socially constructed and that its meaning has changed over time. Of course, "society" has never spoken with one voice but in almost every era, a dominant culture has prevailed. Books written for children reveal this dominant culture, reflect its behavioral standard, and reinforce its expectations. Covering the entire history of American children's literature, from The New England Primer to the works of authors like Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak, Murray explores the messages behind the stories, and what these messages reveal about the society that conveyed them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805741070
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
11/12/1998
Series:
History of American Childhood Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Series Editor's Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1The Sinful Child: Anglo-American Colonial Children's Literature, 1690-18101
2Virtues for the New Republic, 1790-185023
3Good Girls, Bad Boys, 1850-189051
4Middle-Class Child Consumers, 1880-192082
5Race, Ethnicity, and Region, 1850-1930117
6Idealized Realism, 1920-1950145
7Child Liberation, 1950-1990175
Epilogue: Into the Twenty-first Century208
Chronology213
Notes217
Bibliographic Essay250
Index265

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