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The first quantity to think about early life over 8 centuries of British writing, this booklet strains the literary baby from medieval to modern texts. Written via foreign specialists, the volume's essays problem previous readings of adolescence and supply attention-grabbing contributions to the present upsurge of curiosity in structures of childhood.

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Medieval and early modern literature maintain adults and God as all powerful over children; the Romantics accord much inspirational but little actual power to children; and while Victorian texts humanize they more widely victimize the child at adult hands. Edwardian fiction’s adulation of childhood offers children power over adults, but Modernism then becomes ambivalent about what the power balance should be and adults in children’s literature virtually disappear. It is only in post-1945 literature that power swings in a sustained way in the child’s favour.

Merridee Bailey has helpfully distinguished between two different trends in conduct literature based upon the domestic space addressed and the era of composition. Smaller bourgeois households composed of a ‘nuclear family’ and servants required a different type of conduct literature than a larger, extended aristocratic or elite household (Bailey 25–26). Earlier forms of conduct literature (thirteenth- and fourteenth-century), like John Lydgate’s later translation of Stans puer ad mensam (‘The Child at Table’ [c.

Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time. Ed. Adrienne E. Gavin and Andrew F. Humphries. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 1–20. 18 The Child in British Literature: An Introduction Honeyman, Susan. Elusive Childhood: Impossible Representations in Modern Literature. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2005. Jenks, Chris. Childhood. 2nd edn. London: Routledge, 2005. Kuhn, Reinhard. Corruption in Paradise: The Child in Western Literature. Hanover, NH: Brown University Press, 1982.

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