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Published: 15 October 2010

280 Pages

6.14 x 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9780199756742

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Artful Dodgers

Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children's Literature

Marah Gubar

  • Offers a new interpretation of the often mentioned but rarely discussed "cult of the child," one which (for the first time) takes into account the Victorians' own richly self-aware discourse on this topic and uses it to depart from the trendy notion that the Victorians "eroticized innocence" (an idea popularized by James Kincaid)
  • Makes use of previously ignored texts by female children's authors to offer a new account of the rise of the child narrator, as well as unearthing a wealth of new evidence about the presence of Victorian children on the stage and in the audience to map out children's theater as a distinct dramatic subgenre
  • Challenges the critical commonplace that children's authors and members of the cult of the child wholeheartedly embraced Romantic notions about childhood innocence