Literature and the Child: Romantic Continuations, Postmodern by James Holt Mcgavran

By James Holt Mcgavran

Those uncommon essays powerfully outline the myriad ways that the Romantic photo of the kid, so compellingly portrayed by way of Wordsworth and Blake, keeps to hang-out us, shaping modern visions of formative years from Calvin and Hobbes to postmodernist poetry and fiction to sociological discussions of child-labor, child-abuse and the feminization of poverty. Literature and the kid, ably edited by means of James Holt McGavran, may be learn by way of somebody drawn to the historical past of the cultural building of childhood.--Anne ok. Mellor

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Mary Shelley, who seems to have shared her father’s prophetic gift in regard to the biological sciences, suggests throughout Frankenstein that the fantasy, now becoming a reality, of artificially creating life out of dead matter is rooted in the same masculinist desires for autonomy and depreciation of the body and the feminine that feminist critics have located within canonical Romanticism. 13. Moreover, in texts like Sendak’s Pierre or Carle’s The Rooster Who Set Out to See the World, these authors manage to combine not only a Romantic appreciation of fantasy with a template for overcoming developmental hurdles (grasping the format of “chapter books” and understanding prime numbers as sets, respectively) but do so in a manner that approaches the “metafantasies” (“fantasy texts that employ Romantic irony”) described in this volume by Dieter Petzold, all without leaving the very young child behind.

New York: Oxford UP, 1995. 42 Romanticism Continuing and Contested Walkerdine, Valerie. “On the Regulation of Speaking and Silence: Subjectivity, Class, and Gender in Contemporary Schooling,” Language, Gender and Childhood. Ed. Carolyn Steedman, Cathy Urwin, and Valerie Walkerdine. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985. Zelizer, Viviana A. Pricing the Priceless Child: The Changing Social Value of Children. New York: Basic Books, 1985. Romanticism and the End of Childhood 43 Mitzi Myers READING CHILDREN AND HOMEOPATHIC ROMANTICISM: PARADIGM LOST, REVISIONARY GLEAM, OR “PLUS ÇA CHANGE, PLUS C’EST LA MÊME CHOSE”?

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