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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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Fictionalizing Children, Children’s Fiction

Fictionalizing Children, Children’s Fiction

(p.304) 19 Fictionalizing Children, Children’s Fiction
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Caroline Levander

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the emergence of children's fiction as a genre of American literature in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In particular, it looks at novels that feature children and explore child psychology, as well as the links between childhood and adulthood. It also examines the reception of both adult and child readers to children's literature, along with the emergence of children as powerful representatives of race relations. Finally, the chapter cites a number of novels with the child at the center, including Nathaniel Hawthorne's A Wonder Book (1852) and Tanglewood Tales (1853), Louisa May Alcott's Little Women (1868) and Little Men (1871), Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) and Puddn'head Wilson (1894), and Henry James's What Maisie Knew (1897) and The Turn of the Screw (1898).

Keywords:   children's fiction, American literature, novels, children, child psychology, childhood, adulthood, readers, children's literature, race relations

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