Overview

Opening the Nursery Door is a fascinating collection of essays inspired by the chance discovery of the nursery library of Jane Johnson (1706-59), wife of a Buckinghamshire vicar. The discovery of this tiny archive - which contained her poems and stories for children - captured the scholarly interest of social anthropologists, historians, literary scholars, educationalists and archivists and opened up a range of questions about the nature of childhood within English cultural life over three centuries. The ...
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Opening The Nursery Door

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Overview

Opening the Nursery Door is a fascinating collection of essays inspired by the chance discovery of the nursery library of Jane Johnson (1706-59), wife of a Buckinghamshire vicar. The discovery of this tiny archive - which contained her poems and stories for children - captured the scholarly interest of social anthropologists, historians, literary scholars, educationalists and archivists and opened up a range of questions about the nature of childhood within English cultural life over three centuries. The contributors to this book focus on the cultural and social history of children's literature and literacy development from several different perspectives. It reconsiders the central importance of literacy practices in childhood in its examination of the process by which children came to read and write. At the centre is the work of Jane Johnson and the many ways in which her archive has prompted us to raise important questions about women, children and literacy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135105754
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
Introduction 1
1 Child's Play or Finding the Ephemera of Home 17
2 Jane Johnson: A Very Pretty Story to Tell Children 31
3 Women Teaching Reading to Poor Children in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 47
4 Samuel Richardson's Aesop 65
5 John Newbery and Tom Telescope 80
6 'The Cursed Barbauld Crew': Women Writers and Writing for Children in the Late Eighteenth Century 91
7 Fairy Tales and Their Early Opponents: In Defence of Mrs Trimmer 104
8 In the Absence of Mrs Leicester: Mary Lamb's Place in the Development of a Literature of Childhood 117
9 From the Front Line 133
10 'Of the Spontaneous Kind'?: Women Writing Poetry for Children - from Jane Johnson to Christina Rossetti 142
11 The Domestic and the Official Curriculum in Nineteenth-Century England 161
12 'I Knew a Duck': Reading and Learning in Derby's Poor Schools 180
13 Criminals, Quadrupeds and Stitching Up Girls or, Classes and Classrooms in the Ragged Schools 199
14 Configuring a World: Some Childhood Writings of Charlotte Bronte 215
Index 235
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