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

by Monika Elbert

Part of the Children's Literature and Culture Series

Enterprising Youth Social Values and Acculturation in Nineteenth-Century American Children's Literature Synopsis

Recommended by Choice 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.

Enterprising Youth Social Values and Acculturation in Nineteenth-Century American Children's Literature Press Reviews

...the essays are well-researched and well-written...the volume includes 18 black-and-white period illustrations and a thorough bibliography. -- E.R. Baer, Choice Readers will learn more about old favorites such as Stowe, Alcott, and Twain, discover new areas for research, and develop new perspectives on nineteenth-century American children's literature...this is an important contribution to American children's literature scholarship, one that should be in every university library. The authors and the editor are to be commended for their work; I look forward to seeing how their scholarship shapes and inspires additional research on both nineteenth- and twentieth-century American children's literature. --Anne K. Phillips, Children's Literature

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415876674
Publication date: 24th November 2009
Author: Monika Elbert
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 24 pages
Categories: Literature: history & criticism,

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