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Author Banerjee, Jacqueline

Title Through the Northern Gate : Childhood and Growing Up in British Fiction, 1719-1901
Published New York : Lang, Peter, Publishing Inc., 2012


Description 1 online resource (278 pages)
Contents Acknowledgements xi; List of Illustrations xiii; Notes on Editions xv; Preface xvii; Chapter One: The Child and Childhood in the Eighteenth-Century Novel 1; 1. First Steps: Defoe to Fielding 2; 2. False Starts: Tobias Smollett and Laurence Sterne 15; Chapter Two: The Child in Early Nineteenth-Century Fiction 21; 1. Jane Austen's Children 22; 2. A New Strain: Sir Walter Scott and George Sand 31; 3. Early Children's Fiction 34; Chapter Three: Victorian Childhood and the Novelist's Vision 45; 1. Victorian Childhood 45; 2. Sibling Affections 54; 3. The Forgiving Child 61
Chapter Four: Child Death and the Novelist's Purpose 831. Frail Treasures 85; 2. The Novelist's Purpose 88; 3. "An Interior Confronting" 97; Chapter Five: The Girlhood of the Victorian Heroine 109; 1. Little Housekeepers 110; 2. Intelligent Sisters 120; 3. Budding Women 132; Chapter Six: The Struggle for Manhood in Victorian Fiction 149; 1. Sons and Heirs 150; 2. Youthful Heroics 156; 3. Towards "Brave Self-Reliance" 164; Chapter Seven: Disclosing Children: Seen and Heard in Victorian Fiction 179; 1. Supporting Roles 180; 2. Speaking Parts 187; 3. Actions of the Mind 191; Conclusion 205
Chronology 211Works Cited 213; Index 235; BM 1 245
Summary This study challenges critical orthodoxy by showing that childhood became a focus of interest in British fiction well before the Romantic period. It also argues that children in the Victorian novel, far from being sentimental figures, are psychologically unique and contribute positively and significantly to the narrative discourse. Contemporary ideology, the novelists' autobiographical and humanitarian impulses, and gender issues, are all examined as factors in this development. Works by the major authors are analysed alongside others by non-canonical and children's writers
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Subject English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
English fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism
Psychological fiction, English -- History and criticism
Maturation (Psychology) in literature.
Children in literature.
Youth in literature.
Bildungsromans, English -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Bildungsromans, English
Children in literature
English fiction
Maturation (Psychology) in literature
Psychological fiction, English
Youth in literature
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781453909669