The Making of the Modern Child: Children's Literature and Childhood in the Late Eighteenth Century

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 189 pages
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This book explores how the concept of childhood in the late 18th century was constructed through the ideological work performed by children's literature, as well as pedagogical writing and medical literature of the era. Andrew O'Malley ties the evolution of the idea of "the child" to the growth of the middle class, which used the figure of the child as a symbol in its various calls for social reform.
  

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Contents

Introduction The English Middle Classes of the late Eighteenth Century and the Impetus for Pedagogical Reform
1
Chapbook Residue in late EighteenthCentury Childrens Literature
17
Interacting with and Representing the Poor and the Rich
39
Chapter 3 The Medical Management of the Late EighteenthCentury Child
66
Teaching Discipline in Pedagogical Systems and Childrens Books
86
Applied Lessons and the Construction of Gender Roles
102
Moving Toward a MiddleClass form of Fantasy
124
Notes
137
Works Cited
165
Index
181
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About the author (2003)

Andrew O'Malley is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Ryerson University, Canada.

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