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  • 1
    Book
    Book
    2012
    ISBN: 1409422666  ISBN: 9781409422662  ISBN: 9781409422679  ISBN: 1409422674 
    Language: English
    In: Constructing Girlhood Through the Periodical Press, 1850-1915, 2012
    Description: Focusing on six popular British girls' periodicals, Kristine Moruzi explores the debate about the shifting nature of Victorian girlhood between 1850 and 1915. During an era of significant political, social, and economic change, girls' periodicals demonstrate the difficulties of fashioning a coherent, consistent model of girlhood. The mixed-genre format of these magazines, Moruzi suggests, allowed inconsistencies and tensions between competing feminine ideals to exist within the same publication. Adopting a case study approach, Moruzi shows that the Monthly Packet, the Girl of the Period Miscellany, the Girl's Own Paper, Atalanta, the Young Woman, and the Girl's Realm each attempted to define and refine a unique type of girl, particularly the religious girl, the 'Girl of the Period,' the healthy girl, the educated girl, the marrying girl, and the modern girl. These periodicals reflected the challenges of embracing the changing conditions of girls' lives while also attempting to maintain traditional feminine ideals of purity and morality. By analyzing the competing discourses within girls' periodicals, Moruzi's book demonstrates how they were able to frame feminine behaviour in ways that both reinforced and redefined the changing role of girls in nineteenth-century society while also allowing girl readers the opportunity to respond to these definitions.
    Subject(s): 19th Century Literature ; Children's Literature ; Literature & Gender Studies ; Journalism History ; Social & Cultural History ; Children's periodicals, English ; Great Britain ; 20th century ; Books and reading ; Social life and customs ; Youths' periodicals ; Young women ; History ; 19th century ; Girls ; Victorian Journalism ; Children's Periodicals ; Adolescent Magazines ; Girl Readers ; Newspapers and Other Periodicals ; Youth's periodicals ; Comparative literature ; Young women -- Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History ; Children's periodicals, English -- History ; English literature ; Girls -- Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 20th century ; Magazines ; Youths' periodicals -- Great Britain -- History ; Literary criticism ; Girls -- Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History ; Girls -- Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century ; Young women -- Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century ; Politics ; Females
    ISBN: 1409422666
    ISBN: 9781409422662
    ISBN: 9781409422679
    ISBN: 1409422674
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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  • 2
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    Book
    2009
    ISBN: 0754664562  ISBN: 9780754664567  ISBN: 0754693112  ISBN: 9780754693116 
    Language: English
    In: Conceptualizing Cruelty to Children in Nineteenth-Century England, 2009
    Description: Moving nimbly between literary and historical texts, Monica Flegel provides a much-needed interpretive framework for understanding the specific formulation of child cruelty popularized by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the late nineteenth century. Flegel considers a wide range of well-known and more obscure texts from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth, including philosophical writings by Locke and Rousseau, poetry by Coleridge, Blake, and Caroline Norton, works by journalists and reformers like Henry Mayhew and Mary Carpenter, and novels by Frances Trollope, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Arthur Morrison. Taking up crucial topics such as the linking of children with animals, the figure of the child performer, the relationship between commerce and child endangerment, and the problem of juvenile delinquency, Flegel examines the emergence of child abuse as a subject of legal and social concern in England, and its connection to earlier, primarily literary representations of endangered children. With the emergence of the NSPCC and the new crime of cruelty to children, new professions and genres, such as child protection and social casework, supplanted literary works as the authoritative voices in the definition of social ills and their cure. Flegel argues that this development had material effects on the lives of children, as well as profound implications for the role of class in representations of suffering and abused children. Combining nuanced close readings of individual texts with persuasive interpretations of their influences and limitations, Flegel's book makes a significant contribution to the history of childhood, social welfare, the family, and Victorian philanthropy.
    Subject(s): 19th Century Literature ; Children's Literature ; Literature & Gender Studies ; Modern History 1750-1945 ; Social & Cultural History ; Great Britain ; Children in literature ; Child abuse in literature ; England ; National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children ; Children ; History and criticism ; History ; English fiction ; 19th century ; Literature and society ; Social conditions ; Historical text analysis ; English literature ; Literature and society -- England -- History -- 19th century ; Persuasion ; Literary criticism ; Children -- Great Britain -- Social conditions ; Animals ; Parent-child relations ; Poetry ; Novels ; English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
    ISBN: 0754664562
    ISBN: 9780754664567
    ISBN: 0754693112
    ISBN: 9780754693116
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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  • 3
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    2014
    ISBN: 1472440722  ISBN: 9781472440723  ISBN: 9781472440730  ISBN: 1472440730 
    Language: English
    In: Ethics and Children's Literature, 2014
    Description: Exploring the ethical questions posed by, in, and about children's literature, this collection examines the way texts intended for children raise questions of value, depict the moral development of their characters, and call into attention shared moral presuppositions. Even as children's literature has evolved in opposition to its origins in didactic Sunday school tracts and moralizing fables, authors, parents, librarians, and scholars remain sensitive to the values conveyed to children through the texts they choose to share with them.
    Subject(s): Children''s literature ; Books and reading ; Social justice in literature ; Moral education ; Moral and ethical aspects ; Virtues in literature ; Children ; Social values in literature ; Literature and morals ; Children's literature ; Children''s literature -- Moral and ethical aspects ; Children -- Books and reading ; Childrens literature ; Literary criticism ; Ethics ; Morality ; Animals ; Young adults literature ; Racism ; Philosophy
    ISBN: 1472440722
    ISBN: 9781472440723
    ISBN: 9781472440730
    ISBN: 1472440730
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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  • 4
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    2012
    ISBN: 9781409439882  ISBN: 1409439887  ISBN: 9781409439899  ISBN: 1409439895 
    Language: English
    In: Contemporary Adolescent Literature and Culture, 2012
    Description: Offering a wide range of critical perspectives, this volume explores the moral, ideological and literary landscapes in fiction and other cultural productions aimed at young adults. Topics examined are adolescence and the natural world, nationhood and identity, the mapping of sexual awakening onto postcolonial awareness, hybridity and trans-racial romance, transgressive sexuality, the sexually abused adolescent body, music as a code for identity formation, representations of adolescent emotion, and what neuroscience research tells us about young adult readers, writers, and young artists. Throughout, the volume explores the ways writers configure their adolescent protagonists as awkward, alienated, rebellious and unhappy, so that the figure of the young adult becomes a symbol of wider political and societal concerns. Examining in depth significant contemporary novels, including those by Julia Alvarez, Stephenie Meyer, Tamora Pierce, Malorie Blackman and Meg Rosoff, among others, Contemporary Adolescent Literature and Culture illuminates the ways in which the cultural constructions 'adolescent' and 'young adult fiction' share some of society's most painful anxieties and contradictions.
    Subject(s): Children's Literature ; Literature & Gender Studies ; 20th Century Literature ; Social & Cultural History ; Library & Information Science ; History and criticism ; Children's literature ; Literature for Children ; English Literature ; Twenty-First Century ; Twentieth Century ; Adolescent Literature ; Children's literature -- History and criticism ; Young adults ; Social sciences ; Magnetoencephalography ; Childrens literature ; Children & youth ; Literary criticism ; Sexuality ; Ideology ; Young adults literature ; Novels ; Politics ; Cultural identity ; Self concept ; Fiction
    ISBN: 9781409439882
    ISBN: 1409439887
    ISBN: 9781409439899
    ISBN: 1409439895
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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  • 5
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    2013
    ISBN: 9781138249004  ISBN: 1138249009  ISBN: 9781409447351  ISBN: 1409447359  ISBN: 9781317066033  ISBN: 1317066030 
    Language: English
    In: Representations of China in British Children's Fiction, 1851-1911, 2013
    Description: In her extensively researched exploration of China in British children’s literature, Shih-Wen Chen provides a sustained critique of the reductive dichotomies that have limited insight into the cultural and educative role these fictions played in disseminating ideas and knowledge about China. Chen considers a range of different genres and types of publication-travelogue storybooks, historical novels, adventure stories, and periodicals-to demonstrate the diversity of images of China in the Victorian and Edwardian imagination. Turning a critical eye on popular and prolific writers such as Anne Bowman, William Dalton, Edwin Harcourt Burrage, Bessie Marchant, G.A. Henty, and Charles Gilson, Chen shows how Sino-British relations were influential in the representation of China in children’s literature, challenges the notion that nineteenth-century children’s literature simply parroted the dominant ideologies of the age, and offers insights into how attitudes towards children’s relationship with knowledge changed over the course of the century. Her book provides a fresh context for understanding how China was constructed in the period from 1851 to 1911 and sheds light on British cultural history and the history and uses of children’s literature. Contents: A kaleidoscope of knowledge: children, knowledge, and China in Victorian and Edwardian Britain; Exploring the Celestial Kingdom: William Dalton and Anne Bowman’s vision of China; From comic trickster to brilliant detective: E. Harcourt Burrage’s ’immortal’ Ching-Ching; Heroes and hostile hordes: representing the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864); China against the allies: interpreting the Boxer Uprising (1899-1901); Conclusion: quilts and kaleidoscopes: visions of China in the literary imagination; Appendix: timeline; Works cited; Index. Shih-Wen Chen is Lecturer in Literary Studies at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include children’s literature, print culture, and histories of reading.
    Subject(s): 19th Century Literature ; Journalism History ; Social & Cultural History ; Asian Studies (General) ; British Literature ; Children's Literature ; Imperial & Colonial History ; Children's stories, English ; History and criticism ; In literature ; China ; Chinese in literature ; Children's stories, English-History and criticism ; China-In literature ; Literary criticism ; Comparative literature ; Childrens literature ; Young adults literature
    ISBN: 9781138249004
    ISBN: 1138249009
    ISBN: 9781409447351
    ISBN: 1409447359
    ISBN: 9781317066033
    ISBN: 1317066030
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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  • 6
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    Book
    2014
    ISBN: 1409450244  ISBN: 1409450252  ISBN: 9781409450252  ISBN: 9781409450245 
    Language: English
    Description: The result of a unique research project exploring the relationship between children's vernacular play cultures and their media-based play, this collection challenges two popular misconceptions about children's play: that it is depleted or even dying out and that it is threatened by contemporary media such as television and computer games. A key element in the research was the digitization and analysis of Iona and Peter Opie's sound recordings of children's playground and street games from the 1970s and 1980s. This framed and enabled the research team's studies both of the Opies' documents of mid-twentieth-century play culture and, through a two-year ethnographic study of play and games in two primary school playgrounds, contemporary children's play cultures. In addition the research included the use of a prototype computer game to capture playground games and the making of a documentary film. Drawing on this extraordinary data set, the volume poses three questions: What do these hitherto unseen sources reveal about the games, songs and rhymes the Opies and others collected in the mid-twentieth century? What has happened to these vernacular forms? How are the forms of vernacular play that are transmitted in playgrounds, homes and streets transfigured in the new media age? In addressing these questions, the contributors reflect on the changing face of childhood in the twenty-first century - in relation to questions of gender and power and with attention to the children's own participation in producing the ethnographic record of their lives.
    Subject(s): Children's Literature ; Popular Culture ; Youth ; Modern History 1750-1945 ; Social & Cultural History ; Cultural Studies ; Games ; Games and technology
    ISBN: 1409450244
    ISBN: 1409450252
    ISBN: 9781409450252
    ISBN: 9781409450245
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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  • 7
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    2008
    ISBN: 1409437485  ISBN: 9781409437499  ISBN: 1409437493  ISBN: 9781409437482 
    Language: English
    Description: In the second edition of The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation, David Whitley updates his 2008 book to reflect recent developments in Disney and Disney-Pixar animation such as the apocalyptic tale of earth's failed ecosystem, WALL-E. As Whitley has shown, and Disney's newest films continue to demonstrate, the messages animated films convey about the natural world are of crucial importance to their child viewers. Beginning with Snow White, Whitley examines a wide range of Disney's feature animations, in which images of wild nature are central to the narrative. He challenges the notion that the sentimentality of the Disney aesthetic, an oft-criticized aspect of such films as Bambi, The Jungle Book, Pocahontas, Beauty and the Beast, and Finding Nemo, necessarily prevents audiences from developing a critical awareness of contested environmental issues. On the contrary, even as the films communicate the central ideologies of the times in which they were produced, they also express the ambiguities and tensions that underlie these dominant values. In distinguishing among the effects produced by each film and revealing the diverse ways in which images of nature are mediated, Whitley urges us towards a more complex interpretation of the classic Disney canon and makes an important contribution to our understanding of the role popular art plays in shaping the emotions and ideas that are central to contemporary experience.
    Subject(s): History of Science & Technology ; Social & Cultural History ; Cultural Studies ; Film Studies ; Children's Literature ; Popular Culture ; Youth ; 20th Century Modern Art ; Psychological aspects ; Nature in motion pictures ; Animated films and children ; United States ; Disney, Walt ; Criticism and interpretation ; 1901-1966 ; Social aspects ; Animated films
    ISBN: 1409437485
    ISBN: 9781409437499
    ISBN: 1409437493
    ISBN: 9781409437482
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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