The Resource Conceptualizing cruelty to children in nineteenth-century England : literature, representation, and the NSPCC, Monica Flegel

Conceptualizing cruelty to children in nineteenth-century England : literature, representation, and the NSPCC, Monica Flegel

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Conceptualizing cruelty to children in nineteenth-century England : literature, representation, and the NSPCC
Title
Conceptualizing cruelty to children in nineteenth-century England
Title remainder
literature, representation, and the NSPCC
Statement of responsibility
Monica Flegel
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Moving nimbly between literary and historical texts, Monica Flegel provides a much-needed interpretive framework for understanding the specific formulation of child cruelty popularized by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the late nineteenth century. Flegel considers a wide range of well-known and more obscure texts from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth, including philosophical writings by Locke and Rousseau, poetry by Coleridge, Blake, and Caroline Norton, works by journalists and reformers like Henry Mayhew and Mary Carpenter, and novels by Frances Trollope, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Arthur Morrison. Taking up crucial topics such as the linking of children with animals, the figure of the child performer, the relationship between commerce and child endangerment, and the problem of juvenile delinquency, Flegel examines the emergence of child abuse as a subject of legal and social concern in England, and its connection to earlier, primarily literary representations of endangered children. With the emergence of the NSPCC and the new crime of cruelty to children, new professions and genres, such as child protection and social casework, supplanted literary works as the authoritative voices in the definition of social ills and their cure. Flegel argues that this development had material effects on the lives of children, as well as profound implications for the role of class in representations of suffering and abused children. Combining nuanced close readings of individual texts with persuasive interpretations of their influences and limitations, Flegel's book makes a significant contribution to the history of childhood, social welfare, the family, and Victorian philanthropy."--Publisher's description
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Flegel, Monica
Dewey number
  • 820.9/3526945
  • 362.76094209034
Index
index present
LC call number
PR878.C5
LC item number
F54 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Ashgate studies in childhood, 1700 to the present
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Children in literature
  • Child abuse in literature
  • Children
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Literature and society
Label
Conceptualizing cruelty to children in nineteenth-century England : literature, representation, and the NSPCC, Monica Flegel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Creating cruelty to children : genre, authority, and the endangered child -- "Animals and children" : savages, innocents, and cruelty -- "What eyes should see" : child performance and peeping behind the scenes -- "Cannibalism in England" : commerce, consumption, and endangered childhood -- The dangerous child : juvenile delinquents, criminality, and the NSPCC -- Conclusion : inspector stories : the inspector's directory and the cruelty man
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
208 p.
Isbn
9780754693116
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2008044427
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2097222-01umb_inst
  • 2153946
  • (Sirsi) i9780754664567
  • (OCoLC)263604824
Label
Conceptualizing cruelty to children in nineteenth-century England : literature, representation, and the NSPCC, Monica Flegel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Creating cruelty to children : genre, authority, and the endangered child -- "Animals and children" : savages, innocents, and cruelty -- "What eyes should see" : child performance and peeping behind the scenes -- "Cannibalism in England" : commerce, consumption, and endangered childhood -- The dangerous child : juvenile delinquents, criminality, and the NSPCC -- Conclusion : inspector stories : the inspector's directory and the cruelty man
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
208 p.
Isbn
9780754693116
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2008044427
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2097222-01umb_inst
  • 2153946
  • (Sirsi) i9780754664567
  • (OCoLC)263604824

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