Regendering the School Story: Sassy Sissies and Tattling Tomboys [NOOK Book]

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In 18th through 20th-century British and American literature, school stories always play out the power relationships between adult and child. They also play out gender relationships, especially when females are excluded, although most histories of the genre ignore the unusual novels that probe the gendering of school stories. When the occasional man wrote about girls schools-as Charles Lamb and H. G. Wells did-he sometimes empowered his female characters, granting them freedoms ...
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Regendering the School Story: Sassy Sissies and Tattling Tomboys

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Overview

In 18th through 20th-century British and American literature, school stories always play out the power relationships between adult and child. They also play out gender relationships, especially when females are excluded, although most histories of the genre ignore the unusual novels that probe the gendering of school stories. When the occasional man wrote about girls schools-as Charles Lamb and H. G. Wells did-he sometimes empowered his female characters, granting them freedoms that he had experienced at school.

Women who wrote about boys' schools often gave unusual emphasis to families, and at times, revealed the contradictions in the schoolyard code against telling tales or presented competing versions of masculinity, such as the Christian gentleman versus the self-made man. Sometimes these middle-class white women projected their sense of estrangement onto working class and minority women. Sometimes they wrote school stories that were in dialog with other genres, as when Mrs. Henry Wood wrote a sensation story or, like Louisa May Alcott, they domesticated the boys school story, giving prominence to a female viewpoint.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135581572
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/6/1996
  • Series: Children's Literature and Culture
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: Redressing the School Story, Crossgendering a Genre 1
Ch. 2 Anxious Proxies and Independent Girls: Charles Lamb and Other Early Men 29
Ch. 3 The First Tom Brown: Dorothy Kilner and Other Early Women 47
Ch. 4 Telling Tales about Telling Tales: E. J. May and Other Talebearers 63
Ch. 5 At Midcentury: Mary Martha Sherwood and Other Transitional Women 87
Ch. 6 Crossing Gender with Race: Edward Everett Hale and Other U.S. Writers 103
Ch. 7 Crossing Gender with Ethnicity: Elizabeth Eiloart and Other British Writers 131
Ch. 8 Sensationalizing the School Story: Ellen Wood 159
Ch. 9 Domesticating the School Story: Louisa May Alcott 175
Ch. 10 Engendering the School Story: Julia A. Mathews 197
Ch. 11 Policing the Borders, Satirizing the State: H. G. Wells and Other Female Impersonators 229
Ch. 12 Approaching High Seriousness: D. Wynne Willson and Other Recent Women 253
Works Cited 275
Author and Title Index 293
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