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Literary Cultures and Childhoods

Literary Cultures and Medieval and Early Modern Childhoods

Editors: Miller, Naomi J., Purkiss, Diane (Eds.)

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  • Brings together a lineup of top contributors
    Sheds new light on the previously under-examined figure of the  child in Medieval and Early Modern culture
    Looks at a variety of facets of childhood, including education and performance 

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Building on recent critical work, this volume offers a comprehensive consideration of the nature and forms of medieval and early modern childhoods, viewed through literary cultures. Its five groups of thematic essays range across a spectrum of disciplines, periods, and locations, from cultural anthropology and folklore to performance studies and the history of science, and from Anglo-Saxon burial sites to colonial America. Contributors include several renowned writers for children. The opening group of essays, Educating Children, explores what is perhaps the most powerful social engine for the shaping of a child. Performing Childhood addresses children at work and the role of play in the development of social imitation and learning. Literatures of Childhood examines texts written for children that reveal alternative conceptions of parent/child relations. In Legacies of Childhood, expressions of grief at the loss of a child offer a window into the family’s conceptions and values. Finally, Fictionalizing Literary Cultures for Children considers the real, material child versus the fantasy of the child as a subject.

About the authors

Naomi J. Miller is Professor of English and the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, USA. Her books include Re-Reading Mary Wroth (Palgrave, 2015); Maternity and Romance Narratives in Early Modern England (2015); Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood (2011); Sibling Relations and Gender in the Early Modern World (2006); and Reimagining Shakespeare for Children and Young Adults (2003).

Diane Purkiss is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, UK, and fellow and tutor at Keble College. Her books include Magical Books: Myth, Legend and Enchantment in Children’s Books, edited by Carolyne Larrington and Diane Purkiss (2013); The English Civil War: A People’s History (2006); Literature, Gender and Politics during the English Civil War (2005); Three Tragedies by Renaissance Women (2003); At the Bottom of the Garden (2001); The Witch in History (1996); and Women, Texts and Histories, edited by Clare Brant and Diane Purkiss (1992).


Table of contents (24 chapters)

Table of contents (24 chapters)
  • Adult Ideologies in Late-Medieval Advisory Writing

    Pages 3-20

    Caughey, Anna

  • Learning to Talk: Colloquies and the Formation of Childhood Monastic Identity in Late Anglo-Saxon England

    Pages 21-35

    Cerling, Rebecca King

  • Children Bewitched–Children Possessed: Three Early Modern Examples

    Pages 37-51

    Williams, Gerhild Scholz

  • The Tudor Schoolroom, Antique Fables, and Fairy Toys

    Pages 53-67

    Belsey, Catherine

  • Valuing New England Childhood Through the Joyful Deaths of Cotton Mather’s A Token for the Children of New England

    Pages 69-83

    Stabell, Ivy Linton

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14211-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14210-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Literary Cultures and Medieval and Early Modern Childhoods
Editors
  • Naomi J. Miller
  • Diane Purkiss
Series Title
Literary Cultures and Childhoods
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-14211-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-14211-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-14210-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVIII, 394
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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