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Fantasy of Family

Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal

Taylor and Francis,
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The myth of the Victorian family remains a pervasive influence within a contemporary Britain that perceives itself to be in social crisis. Nostalgic for a golden age of "e;Victorian values"e; in which visions of supportive, united families predominate, the common consciousness, exhorted by social and political discourse, continues to vaunt the "e;traditional, natural"e; family as the template by which all other family forms are gauged. Yet this fantasy of family, nurtured and augmented throughout the Victorian era, was essentially a construct that belied the realities of a nineteenth-century world in which orphanhood, fostering, and stepfamilies were endemic. Focusing primarily on British children's texts written by women and drawing extensively on socio-historic material, The Fantasy of Family considers the paradoxes implicit to the perpetuation of the domestic ideal within the Victorian era and offers new perspectives on both nineteenth-century and contemporary society.


Titel: Fantasy of Family
Autoren/Herausgeber: Elizabeth Thiel
Aus der Reihe: Children's Literature and Culture

ISBN/EAN: 9780203935514

Seitenzahl: 216
Produktform: E-Book
Sprache: Englisch - Newsletter
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