Children's Literature and Capitalism: Fictions of Social Mobility in Britain, 1850-1914

Hardcover | October 16, 2012

byChristopher Parkes

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After the first phase of industrialization in Britain, the child emerged as both a victim of and a threat to capitalism. This book explores the changing relationship between the child and capitalist society in the works of some of the most important writers of children's and young-adult texts in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

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After the first phase of industrialization in Britain, the child emerged as both a victim of and a threat to capitalism. This book explores the changing relationship between the child and capitalist society in the works of some of the most important writers of children's and young-adult texts in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

CHRISTOPHER PARKES is associate professor in English Literature at Lakehead University, Canada. He is the author of scholarly articles on children's literature and eighteenth-century literature.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230364128

ISBN - 13:9780230364127

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Dead Ends and Blind Alleys: Young-Adult Literature and the Nineteenth-Century British Labour Market
Family Business and Childhood Experience: Charles Dickens's David Copperfield and Great Expectations
Adventure Fiction and the Youth Problem: Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island and Kidnapped
Commercialism and Middle-Class Innocence: E. Nesbit's The Story of the Treasure Seekers and The Railway Children
Educational Tracking and the Feminized Classroom: Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess and The Secret Garden
The Female Life History and the Labour Market: L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables and Anne's House of Dreams
Conclusion: Childhood in the Age of Self-Branding
Bibliography
Index