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Published: 10 October 2019

296 Pages | 24 black and white figures/illustrations


ISBN: 9780198843429

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Growing Up in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

A Cultural History of Middle-Class Childhood and Gender

Mary Hatfield

  • Offers a comprehensive cultural history of childhood in nineteenth-century Ireland
  • Facilitates an understanding of gender roles, children's participation in middle-class domesticity, and the use of education by middle-class families to shape a cultural narrative of childhood
  • Provides a new model for looking at class and childhood holistically
  • Examines the origins of female education in Ireland and challenges the traditional narrative of progressive expansion
  • Uses material culture to expand on a history of children's clothing and the performative aspects of manners and fashion
  • Utilises medical and educational literature, religious tracts, personal correspondence, school archives, and material culture sources