Enterprising Youth: Social Values and Acculturation in Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Literature

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Monika Elbert
Routledge, 09/06/2008 - 312 páginas

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Enterprising Youth examines the agenda behind the shaping of nineteenth-century children’s perceptions and world views and the transmission of civic duties and social values to children by adults. The essays in this book reveal the contradictions involved in the perceptions of children as active or passive, as representatives of a new order, or as receptacles of the transmitted values of their parents. The question, then, is whether the business of telling children's stories becomes an adult enterprise of conservative indoctrination, or whether children are enterprising enough to read what many of the contributors to this volume see as the subversive potential of these texts. This collection of literary and historical criticism of nineteenth-century American children’s literature draws upon recent assessments of canon formations, gender studies, and cultural studies to show how concepts of public/private, male/female, and domestic/foreign are collapsed to reveal a picture of American childhood and life that is expansive and constrictive at the same time.

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Introduction
Civic Duties and Moral Pitfalls
May Alcotts Christmas Stories
Constructing Exclusion in
Elizabeth Stuart Phelpss Orphans
Normalization and the Place of
Lucky and in Antebellum America
Lesley Ginsberg
Stoddards Lolly Dinkss Doings and the Subversion of Social Conventions
Era Writers
Childs Garden
Education and Shifting Paradigms of the Childs Mind
Stahl
Mark Twain and G Stanley Hall
Huckleberry Finn 1885 What Maisie Knew 1897 and the Birth of Child
Contributors

The Hester
Sentimental and Realistic Constructs of Childhood

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