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The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science, and Medicine, 1840-1900

Sally Shuttleworth


What is the difference between a lie and a fantasy, when the subject is a child? Moving between literary and scientific texts, this book explores the range of fascinating issues that emerge when the inner world of the child becomes, for the first time, the explicit focus of literary and medical attention. Starting in the 1840s, which saw the publication of explorations of child development by Brontë and Dickens, as well as some of the first psychiatric studies of childhood, this book progresses through post-Darwinian considerations of the child's relations to the animal kingdom, to chart the r ... More

Keywords: Brontë, Dickens, Darwinian, Child Study Movement, Meredith, James, child psychology, child psychiatry, child suicide, child development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199582563
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582563.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sally Shuttleworth, author
Professor of English Literature, and Head of Humanities Division, University of Oxford