Attitudes towards the child in children's literature: A Comparison of the Victorian Age and the Inter-War Period


Term Paper, 2008

10 Pages, Grade: 1,7


Abstract or Introduction

Prior to the eighteenth and nineteenth century, childhood was not considered a separate stage of development. People at that time rather thought of children as miniature adults without a legal status. Due to new upcoming theories of philosophers such as John Locke or Jean-Jacques Rousseau however, children were seen in a new light. Thus, from the late eighteenth century onwards, parents slowly began to look at their children as individuals with concerns, wishes and fears much different from the adult. This new perception of childhood initiated authors to write literature both for and about children, which ultimately led to a new literal genre that we nowadays take for granted: children's literature.
The following essay will compare the attitudes towards the child in children's literature of the Victorian Age with the attitude portrayed in inter-war children's literature. It will explore how the perception of the child in the nineteenth century changed, how this change is reflected in the fiction of the time and how it affected the children's literature of the inter-war period. It will argue that whereas early children's literature was mostly didactic and addressing the adult rather than the child reader, novels of the middle and late nineteenth century concentrated more on young readers and their specific needs and desires by introducing a more entertaining and fabulous style of writing. The essay will then take a closer look at children's literature of the early twentieth century and demonstrate that fiction of that period continued to put the child in the focus of attention while at the same time dealing with new topics and offering ways of escapism with respect to the threat of the Second World War.

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Title
Attitudes towards the child in children's literature: A Comparison of the Victorian Age and the Inter-War Period
College
University of Sussex
Grade
1,7
Author
Year
2008
Pages
10
Catalog Number
V128323
ISBN (eBook)
9783640380084
ISBN (Book)
9783640380046
File size
377 KB
Language
English
Keywords
Attitudes, Comparison, Victorian, Inter-War, Period
Quote paper
Lydia Prexl (Author), 2008, Attitudes towards the child in children's literature: A Comparison of the Victorian Age and the Inter-War Period, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/128323

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