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Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children's Literature

Marah Gubar


This book proposes a fundamental reconception of the 19th-century attitude toward the child. The Romantic ideology of innocence spread more slowly than we think, it contends, and the people whom we assume were most committed to it—children’s authors and members of the infamous “cult of the child”—were actually deeply ambivalent. Writers such as Lewis Carroll, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and J. M. Barrie often resisted the growing cultural pressure to erect a strict barrier between child and adult, innocence and experience. Instead of urging young people to mold themselves to match a static ideal ... More

Keywords: children’s literature, childhood studies, Golden Age, Victorian child, cult of the child, children’s theater, child narrator, precocity, primitivism, anti-imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195336252
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336252.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marah Gubar, author
University of Pittsburgh
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