Nineteenth Century Childhoods in Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives [Paperback]

Jane Eva Baxter (Editor); Meredith a.B. Ellis (Editor)

ISBN: 9781785708435 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: Childhood in the Past Monograph | Volume: 6 | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 224p, H240 x W170 (mm) b/w

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Nineteenth Century Childhoods in Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives


The nineteenth century was a time when the world was becoming increasingly connected through global forces and networks. Colonial and capitalist expansion was bringing the world into closer contact, while nationalism and forms of indigenous resistance were shaping and moulding the world on more local and regional scales. This dynamic environment was the backdrop for a time when childhood was becoming significantly elaborated as a cultural category of identity. Institutions, objects, and places specifically designed for children were multiplying at an unprecedented rate; writing about children in fiction and non-fiction became increasingly prolific; and the concern for children’s health and well-being in life and death was paramount in many communities. Scholarship on the nineteenth century spans many disciplines and areas of interest and utilizes diverse and abundant source material to study a period recognized as foundational for our modern, globalized world. This volume brings together scholars from archaeology, art history, bioarchaeology, educational history, history, literary studies, and theatre history to present studies of nineteenth century children and childhood in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, England, Ireland, Native North America, Romania, Russia, and the United States. The interdisciplinary focus of this volume illustrates the wealth of sources, methods, and perspectives that can be used to develop our understandings of childhood in the nineteenth century, and the international scope of the studies offers a platform to engage commonalities in an increasingly globalized world alongside an appreciation for local, regional, and national variations in the cultural creation and experiences of childhood.

Table of Contents

Sally Crawford
List of Contributors and Author Biographies
Introduction: Nineteenth Century Childhoods in Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives
Jane Eva Baxter and Meredith Ellis
Part 1: Children, Nationalism, and Dimensions of Identity
The Manipulation of Indigenous Imagery to Represent Canadian Childhood and Nationhood in 19th Century Canada
Loren Lerner
Laying the foundation of ‘modern childhood’ in Russia: the child protection movement and the changing symbolic value of children, 1861-1917
Natalia Chernyaeva
Imagining Futures: Margaret Fuller and Nathaniel Hawthorne on Women, Children, and History
Gina Ocasion
Part 2: Children on the Move: Immigration, Emigration, and Deportation
British Children, Canadian Adults: Childhood Emigration to Canada in the Late-Nineteenth Century.
Steven J. Taylor
Transported beyond the Seas: Criminal Juveniles
Emma Watkins
Part 3: Children, Consumerism, and Advertising
“He knows a good thing when he sees it!”: Advertising to Children in the U.S., 1850-1900  
Jaclyn N. Schultz
Creating Desire and Little Consumers: Doll Advertising in U.S. Newspapers, 1860-1900
Katherine Mumma and Jane Eva Baxter
Part 4: Institutions for Children and Children in Institutions
Education, Race and Nation-building in an Archipelago: Nineteenth-Century Bahamian Out Island Schools
John Daniel Burton
It Takes a Village: Raising Patriots in 19th-Century Romania
Ana Fumurescu
The Bedford Asylum: Building for the ‘Industrious Child’ in early-nineteenth century Dublin.
Katherine Fennelly
Nineteenth century institutional “education”: A spatial approach to assimilation and resistance at Hoopa Valley Indian School
Paulina F. Przystupa
Part 5: Children’s Bodies and Children’s Lives
‘The lowness of stature, the leanness and the paleness’: childhood nutritional health in 19th-century England
Holly Hunt-Watts, University of Leeds
A Tool for Moral Uplift: The Sacralization and Commemoration of a 19th-Century Child Actress
Shauna Vey, NYC College of Technology/City University of New York

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