Children s Literature and Capitalism

Children s Literature and 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.

Author: Christopher Parkes

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230364127

Category: Fiction

Page: 215

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"Children's Literature and Capitalism: Fictions of Social Mobility in Britain, 1850-1914 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. After the first phase of industrialization in Britain, the child emerged as both a victim of and a threat to capitalism. The exploitation of children in the nation's dark, satanic mills revealed the unsentimental nature of the economic marketplace and threatened to render capitalist society as that which can only destroy the innocent child. Examining the works of authors including Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, E. Nesbit, Frances Hodgson Burnett and L.M. Montgomery, Children's Literature and Capitalism explores how a new rhetorical strategy emerged in the nineteenth century which equated the spirit of capitalism with the spirit of childhood. Children were re-configured as subjects defined by their innate ingenuity and invention and, in the process, they were transformed into ideal participants in capitalist society. This is the first study to focus not on what capitalism has done to the child but what the child has done to capitalism"--Publisher description.
Categories: Fiction

Children s Literature and Capitalism

Children s Literature and Capitalism

obsession with the imaginative capabilities of children, which was so much a part of the golden age of children's literature, was bound up in the need to render the child as something that cannot bevictimized by capitalism.

Author: C. Parkes

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137265098

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 215

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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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

British Children s Literature and Material Culture

British Children s Literature and Material Culture

As Christopher Parkes argues persuasively in his study of children's literature and capitalism, the narratives produced by many Victorian and Edwardian writers are 'fundamentally concerned with redefining the relationship of the child ...

Author: Jane Suzanne Carroll

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350201798

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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The 'golden age' of children's literature in the late 19th and early 20th century coincided with a boom in the production and trade of commodities. The first book-length study to situate children's literature within the consumer culture of this period, British Children's Literature and Material Culture explores the intersection of children's books, consumerism and the representation of commodities within British children's literature. In tracing the role of objects in key texts from the turn of the century, Jane Suzanne Carroll uncovers the connections between these fictional objects and the real objects that child consumers bought, used, cherished, broke, and threw away. Beginning with the Great Exhibition of 1851, this book takes stock of the changing attitudes towards consumer culture – a movement from celebration to suspicion – to demonstrate that children's literature was a key consumer product, one that influenced young people's views of and relationships with other kinds of commodities. Drawing on a wide spectrum of well-known and less familiar texts from Britain, this book examines works from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There and E. Nesbit's Five Children & It to Christina Rossetti's Speaking Likenesses and Mary Louisa Molesworth's The Cuckoo Clock. Placing children's fiction alongside historical documents, shop catalogues, lost property records, and advertisements, Carroll provides fresh critical insight into children's relationships with material culture and reveals that even the most fantastic texts had roots in the ordinary, everyday things.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Rhetorical Power of Children s Literature

The Rhetorical Power of Children s Literature

45 In the end, the peddler calmly collects his caps as if nothing has happened and resumes his routine, thereby preserving the foreshadowed path to industrial capitalism. Children's literature has always been a fecund cultural and ...

Author: John H. Saunders

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498543309

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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The Rhetorical Power of Children's Literature is an edited volume with contributions from established and new scholars of rhetoric offering case studies that analyze a full array of genres in children’s literature from picture books to young adult novels. Collectively, this volume’s contributions interrogate how children’s literature is a powerful yet under examined space of rhetorical discourse that influences one of the most vulnerable segments of our population. This book is singularly unique given that it will be the first collection of essays on children’s literature from the distinct perspective of the field of Communication. Beyond topical novelty, the contributors utilize a range of scholarly methods to analyze instances of the rhetoric of children’s literature. Consequently, essays in this volume may be read for both their specific topical content and as exemplars for multiple methodological approaches to the study of the rhetoric of children’s literature. Collectively, the contributors set out to contribute to our knowledge of how instances of children’s literature operate as rhetorical discourses. The volume is organized by case studies approached through critical, rhetorical lenses that analyze specific instances of children’s literature from two distinct stages of children’s developmental reading experiences including pre/early literacy and fluent reading. Structurally, the book includes eight content chapters divided evenly with four chapters analyzing books for young children and four chapters analyzing books targeting audiences from late-childhood to adolescence. An overview of each content chapter accompanies this proposal. is an edited volume with contributions from established and new scholars of rhetoric offering case studies that analyze a full array of genres in children’s literature from picture books to young adult novels. Collectively, this volume’s contributions interrogate how children’s literature is a powerful yet under examined space of rhetorical discourse that influences one of the most vulnerable segments of our population. This book is singularly unique given that it will be the first collection of essays on children’s literature from the distinct perspective of the field of Communication. Beyond topical novelty, the contributors utilize a range of scholarly methods to analyze instances of the rhetoric of children’s literature. Consequently, essays in this volume may be read for both their specific topical content and as exemplars for multiple methodological approaches to the study of the rhetoric of children’s literature. Collectively, the contributors set out to contribute to our knowledge of how instances of children’s literature operate as rhetorical discourses. The volume is organized by case studies approached through critical, rhetorical lenses that analyze specific instances of children’s literature from two distinct stages of children’s developmental reading experiences including pre/early literacy and fluent reading. Structurally, the book includes eight content chapters divided evenly with four chapters analyzing books for young children and four chapters analyzing books targeting audiences from late-childhood to adolescence. An overview of each content chapter accompanies this proposal.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Subversive Nature of the Maternal in Victorian Children s Literature

The Subversive Nature of the Maternal in Victorian Children s Literature

Because of capitalism, society placed a higher value on the work done by wage earners than the work done without pay in the home.

Author: Deborah Druley

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:827730260

Category: Children's literature

Page: 136

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During the nineteenth century, middle class women in industrialized England found their roles in the private sphere devalued. Because of capitalism, society placed a higher value on the work done by wage earners than the work done without pay in the home. As a result, bearing and raising children was thought to be of little worth because it held little economic value. Though many Victorian writers resisted this patriarchal thinking, this resistance is especially clear in many narratives written for or about children. Three Victorian writers of children's literature deal with the devaluation of the mothering role in their stories. These authors, Frances Hodgson Burnett, George Eliot, and George MacDonald, question their culture's devaluation of the mothering role. From their narratives, it becomes clear that mothering is of equal, if not greater, importance to human relations and society than any product or wage the capitalist society may produce.
Categories: Children's literature

Representing Children in Chinese and U S Children s Literature

Representing Children in Chinese and U S  Children s Literature

Lewis's capitalism is not “late” but rather genteel, rooted in an ethic of small business and affiliated with the production of beautiful and useful objects (not just things to sell). Thus Lewis's critique of Communism veers quickly ...

Author: Claudia Nelson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317065982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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Bringing together children’s literature scholars from China and the United States, this collection provides an introduction to the scope and goals of a field characterized by active but also distinctive scholarship in two countries with very different rhetorical traditions. The volume’s five sections highlight the differences between and overlapping concerns of Chinese and American scholars, as they examine children’s literature with respect to cultural metaphors and motifs, historical movements, authorship, didacticism, important themes, and the current status of and future directions for literature and criticism. Wide-ranging and admirably ambitious in its encouragement of communication between scholars from two major nations, Representing Children in Chinese and U.S. Children’s Literature serves as a model for examining how and why children’s literature, more than many literary forms, circulates internationally.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Capitalism and Commerce in Imaginative Literature

Capitalism and Commerce in Imaginative Literature

BUSINESS AS USUAL IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE Fred and George are noteworthy in part because the impulse to make money, whether strictly capitalist or not, frequently gets bad press in children's books.1 To take one example, ...

Author: Edward W. Younkins

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498519304

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 468

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This multidisciplinary collection of essays provides a means to appreciate the richness and variety of fictional portrayals of businesses and businesspersons. The works selected for examination reflect the variety of philosophical, political, economic, cultural, social, and ethical perspectives that have been found in American society over time.
Categories: Business & Economics

Children s Literature as Communication

Children s Literature as Communication

178 ) points out that during the years of Stalin's terror , officially accepted children's literature was based on two oppositions : the opposition between capitalism and socialism , and the opposition between the Soviet system and ...

Author: Roger D. Sell

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027226423

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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In this book, members of the ChiLPA Project explore the children's literature of several different cultures, ranging from ancient India, nineteenth century Russia, and the Soviet Union, to twentieth century Britain, America, Australia, Sweden, and Finland. The research covers not only the form and content of books for children, but also their potential social functions, especially within education. These two perspectives are brought together within a theory of children's literature as one among other forms of communication, an approach that sees the role of literary scholars, critics and teachers as one of mediation. Part I deals with the way children's writers and picturebook-makers draw on a culture's available resources of orality, literacy, intertextuality, and image. Part II examines their negotiation of major issues such as the child adult distinction, gender, politics, and the Holocaust. Part III discusses children's books as used within language education programmes, with particular attention to young readers' pragmatic processing of differences between the context of writing and their own context of reading.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Multicultural and Ethnic Children s Literature in the United States

Multicultural and Ethnic Children s Literature in the United States

In addition, she encounters similar issues in children's literature textbooks and especially literacy textbooks. ... They include fast capitalism, structural changes in the industry, marketing trends, and other” tensions between ...

Author: Donna L. Gilton

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9781538138410

Category: American literature

Page: 408

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"This second edition of Multicultural and Ethnic Children's Literature in the United States describes the history and characteristics of ethnic and multicultural children's literature in the U.S. and elsewhere, elaborating on people, businesses, and organizations that create, disseminate, promote, critique, and collect these materials"--
Categories: American literature

Internationalism in Children s Series

Internationalism in Children s Series

Critical Approaches to Children's Literature Series Editors: Kerry Mallan and Clare Bradford Critical Approaches to ... AND ROBINSON CRUSOE Christopher Parkes CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND CAPITALISM Fictions ofSocial Mobility in Britain, ...

Author: K. Sands-O'Connor

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137360311

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 215

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Internationalism in Children's Series brings together international children's literature scholars who interpret 'internationalism' through various cultural, historical and theoretical lenses. From imperialism to transnationalism, from Tom Swift to Harry Potter, this book addresses the unique ability of series to introduce children to the world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Innocence Heterosexuality and the Queerness of Children s Literature

Innocence  Heterosexuality  and the Queerness of Children s Literature

6 For Seth Lerer, children's literature is implicated within a capitalistic and profit-driven market economy, which is itself complicit with ideologies that bestow the status of a classic on some works but not on others, ...

Author: Tison Pugh

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136829161

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature examines distinguished classics of children’s literature both old and new—including L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series—to explore the queer tensions between innocence and heterosexuality within their pages. Pugh argues that children cannot retain their innocence of sexuality while learning about normative heterosexuality, yet this inherent paradox runs throughout many classic narratives of literature for young readers. Children’s literature typically endorses heterosexuality through its invisible presence as the de facto sexual identity of countless protagonists and their families, yet heterosexuality’s ubiquity is counterbalanced by its occlusion when authors shield their readers from forthright considerations of one of humanity’s most basic and primal instincts. The book demonstrates that tensions between innocence and sexuality render much of children’s literature queer, especially when these texts disavow sexuality through celebrations of innocence. In this original study, Pugh develops interpretations of sexuality that few critics have yet ventured, paving the way for future scholarly engagement with larger questions about the ideological role of children's literature and representations of children's sexuality. Tison Pugh is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Queering Medieval Genres and Sexuality and Its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature and has published on children’s literature in such journals as Children’s Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Marvels and Tales.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Critical Multicultural Analysis of Children s Literature

Critical Multicultural Analysis of Children s Literature

Jan Goodman's study, published in 1985, examined a set of books on the U.S. economy and how it works. Her study revealed many distortions and incomplete information about U.S. capitalism in the interest of “indoctrinat[ing] our children ...

Author: Maria José Botelho

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135653743

Category: Education

Page: 354

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"Children’s literature is a contested terrain, as is multicultural education. Taken together, they pose a formidable challenge to both classroom teachers and academics.... Rather than deny the inherent conflicts and tensions in the field, in Critical Multicultural Analysis of Children’s Literature: Mirrors, Windows, and Doors, Maria José Botelho and Masha Kabakow Rudman confront, deconstruct, and reconstruct these terrains by proposing a reframing of the field.... Surely all of us – children, teachers, and academics – can benefit from this more expansive understanding of what it means to read books." Sonia Nieto, From the Foreword Critical multicultural analysis provides a philosophical shift for teaching literature, constructing curriculum, and taking up issues of diversity and social justice. It problematizes children’s literature, offers a way of reading power, explores the complex web of sociopolitical relations, and deconstructs taken-for-granted assumptions about language, meaning, reading, and literature: it is literary study as sociopolitical change. Bringing a critical lens to the study of multiculturalism in children’s literature, this book prepares teachers, teacher educators, and researchers of children’s literature to analyze the ideological dimensions of reading and studying literature. Each chapter includes recommendations for classroom application, classroom research, and further reading. Helpful end-of-book appendixes include a list of children’s book awards, lists of publishers, diagrams of the power continuum and the theoretical framework of critical multicultural analysis, and lists of selected children’s literature journals and online resources.
Categories: Education

The Big Smallness

The Big Smallness

This book is the first full-length critical study to explore the rapidly growing cadre of amateur-authored, independently-published, and niche-market picture books that have been released during the opening decades of the twenty-first ...

Author: Michelle Ann Abate

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317362418

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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Michelle Ann Abate is Associate Professor of Literature for Children and Young Adults at The Ohio State University, USA.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Hidden Adult

The Hidden Adult

Or, to put it simply, it is not the 'child' that gives rise to children's literature but children's literature that gives ... In Empire Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri argue that ''capitalism is an organism that cannot sustain itself ...

Author: Perry Nodelman

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801889806

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 390

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Analyzes six popular children's books to define the genre and explains ways that adult experience and expectations can change the meaning of the text.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Children s Literature Domestication and Social Foundation

Children s Literature  Domestication  and Social Foundation

... and technology 231 capitalist 24, 41–2; monarcho-i, 34, society(ies)41, 131; inventing the human 52; crumbling of the state 53, 231–2; value 56–7; culture 74; consumerist and capitalist culture 74; books in capitalist structure 80; ...

Author: Layla AbdelRahim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135104603

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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This study of children's literature as knowledge, culture, and social foundation bridges the gap between science and literature and examines the interconnectedness of fiction and reality as a two-way road. The book investigates how the civilized narrative orders experience by means of segregation, domestication, breeding, and extermination, arguing instead that the stories and narratives of wilderness project chaos and infinite possibilities for experiencing the world through a diverse community of life. AbdelRahim engages these narratives in a dialogue with each other and traces their expression in the various disciplines and books written for both children and adults, analyzing the manifestation of fictional narratives in real life. This is both an inter- and multi-disciplinary endeavor that is reflected in the combination of research methods drawn from anthropology and literary studies as well as in the tracing of the narratives of order and chaos, or civilization and wilderness, in children's literature and our world. Chapters compare and contrast fictional children's books that offer different real-world socio-economic paradigms, such as A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh projecting a civilized monarcho-capitalist world, Nikolai Nosov's trilogy on The Adventures of Dunno and Friends presenting the challenges and feats of an anarcho-socialist society in evolution from primitivism towards technology, and Tove Jansson's Moominbooks depicting the harmony of anarchy, chaos, and wildness. AbdelRahim examines the construction, transmission, and acquisition of knowledge in children’s literature by visiting the very nature of literature, culture, and language and the civilized structures that domesticate the world. She brings radically new perspectives to the knowledge, culture, and construction of human beings, making an invaluable contribution to a wide range of disciplines and for those engaged in revolutionizing contemporary debates on the nature of knowledge, human identity, and the world.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Nation in Children s Literature

The Nation in Children s Literature

Nations of Childhood Kit Kelen, Bjorn Sundmark. representation of the body as a capitalist member of the state. From Dahl in 1964 to Stuart in 1971 to Burton in 2005, these creators form a trajectory in which particular Western economic ...

Author: Kit Kelen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136248948

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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This book explores the meaning of nation or nationalism in children’s literature and how it constructs and represents different national experiences. The contributors discuss diverse aspects of children’s literature and film from interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches, ranging from the short story and novel to science fiction and fantasy from a range of locations including Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Norway, America, Italy, Great Britain, Iceland, Africa, Japan, South Korea, India, Sweden and Greece. The emergence of modern nation-states can be seen as coinciding with the historical rise of children’s literature, while stateless or diasporic nations have frequently formulated their national consciousness and experience through children’s literature, both instructing children as future citizens and highlighting how ideas of childhood inform the discourses of nation and citizenship. Because nation and childhood are so intimately connected, it is crucial for critics and scholars to shed light on how children’s literatures have constructed and represented historically different national experiences. At the same time, given the massive political and demographic changes in the world since the nineteenth century and the formation of nation states, it is also crucial to evaluate how the national has been challenged by changing national languages through globalization, international commerce, and the rise of English. This book discusses how the idea of childhood pervades the rhetoric of nation and citizenship, and how children and childhood are represented across the globe through literature and film.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary British Fiction

Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary British Fiction

This book is a concise and engaging analysis of contemporary literature viewed through the critical lens of cosmopolitan theory.

Author: F. McCulloch

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137030016

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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This book is a concise and engaging analysis of contemporary literature viewed through the critical lens of cosmopolitan theory. It covers a wide spectrum of issues including globalisation, cosmopolitanism, nationhood, identity, philosophical nomadism, posthumanism, climate change, devolution and love.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Secrets Lies and Children s Fiction

Secrets  Lies and Children   s Fiction

Critical Approaches to Children's Literature Series Editors: Kerry Mallan and Clare Bradford Critical Approaches to ... AND ROBINSON CRUSOE ChristopherParkesCHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND CAPITALISM Fictions ofSocialMobility inBritain, ...

Author: K. Mallan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137274663

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

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Many children learn from a young age to tell the truth. They also learn that some lies are necessary in order to survive in a world that paradoxically values truth-telling, but practises deception. This book examines this paradox by considering how deception is often a necessary means of survival for individuals, families, governments, and animals.
Categories: Social Science

Science Fiction Children s Literature and Popular Culture

Science Fiction  Children s Literature  and Popular Culture

Of course , advertising has not been totally ignored : McCaffery's " Introduction : The Desert of the Real " in Storming the Reality Studio notes that " advertising " is one of the three key developments in the era of postcapitalism and ...

Author: Gary Westfahl

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313308470

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 157

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Literature often is central to individual maturation. It typically reflects, in one way or another, the experiences of the reader and the larger strains of society. This book examines representative works of science fiction, children's literature, and popular culture as mirrors of what it means to grow up in the contemporary world. That world is permeated by technology, and technology thus figures prominently in the process of growing up and in these literary works. Included are chapters on Superman, the Hardy Boys, Star Trek, music videos, and other topics.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Gale Researcher Guide for Romanticism and Reform in the Writings of Lydia Maria Child

Gale Researcher Guide for  Romanticism and Reform in the Writings of Lydia Maria Child

These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.

Author: Sarah Olivier

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 9781535848503

Category: Study Aids

Page: 7

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Gale Researcher Guide for: Romanticism and Reform in the Writings of Lydia Maria Child is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.
Categories: Study Aids