Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Juvenile TraditionYoung Writers and Prolepsis, 1750–1835$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Laurie Langbauer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739203

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739203.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 28 October 2020

Prolepsis and the Tradition of Juvenile Writing

Prolepsis and the Tradition of Juvenile Writing

Henry Kirke White and Robert Southey

(p.110) 3 Prolepsis and the Tradition of Juvenile Writing
The Juvenile Tradition

Laurie Langbauer

Oxford University Press

Robert Southey’s edition of the childhood poetry and undergraduate writing of Kirke White (a young writer popular throughout the nineteenth century) consolidated the juvenile tradition. White’s meditation on juvenile writing in his poetry expressly rethinks the possibilities of child authorship as more than mere effusion. It provides instead a sophisticated proleptic theory to aid later readers in understanding the juvenile tradition. The early nineteenth century was interested in so-called precocious writing as providing new models of literary reflection, that kept open understandings of the past and of futurity. As broker of juvenile writers who wrote about Thomas Dermody, Michael Bruce, and Lucretia Davidson, among others, Southey (himself a prodigious boy-poet) helped to reimagine literary history and tradition by conserving the juvenile tradition. He explores literary juvenilia to reflect, along with White, on the relation of prolepsis and the archive: on how acting on the future in advance can produce its records.

Keywords:   Kirke White, Southey, prolepsis, Thomas Dermody, juvenile, juvenilia, boy-poet

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .