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Through the Northern Gate

Childhood and Growing Up in British Fiction, 1719-1901


Jacqueline Banerjee

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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Index Ackroyd, Peter, xix, 40, 52, 57, 100 adolescence, xxvii-ix, 151, 208. See also growing up Adrian, Arthur A., 114 Ainsworth, William (author and editor), 42 Albert, Prince Consort, 93 Alice, Princess (Queen Victoria's third child), 93 AU the Year Round, 178 Andersen, Hans Christian, 41, 42, 77 (jig.), 78 (jig.), 94; influ- ence of, 94-95; influence on Macdonald of, 104, 106 Andrews, Malcolm, xxvii 'Angel in the House,' 9. See also domesticity; Patmore, Coventry Arabian Nights, The, xx, 40 Aries, Phillipe, 52 Arnold family: and amateur the- atricals, 56; and the Fux Huw Magazine, 55 Arnold, Thomas, 158, 159, 160 Ashford, Daisy, The Young Visiters, 194 Aubry, Aries Etienne (artist), 12 Auerbach, Nina, 73 Austen,Jane, 22-31, 42, 138, 185 Emma, 31 Lady Susan, 22-23, 24, 42 Mansfield Park, 24-31, 32, 33, 53,56,57,115 Northanger Abbey, 26, 121 Persuasion, 26, 29, 30 Pride and Prejudice, 31 Sense and Sensibility, 23, 26, 30 The Watsons, 27, 23-24, 154 Badinter, Elizabeth, 46 Bailin, Miriam, 138, 140 Ballantyne, R(obert) M(ichael), 153 Barker, Juliet, 68, 193 Barlee, Ellen: Pantomime WaijS or A Plea for Our City Children, xxiv Three Paths in Life: A Tale for Girls, 39-40 Bamardo, Dr Thomas (social reformer), 67 Barrie,J.M., xx; Peter Pan, 199, 206 Battestin, Martin C., 12 Battiscombe, Georgina, 108 Benson, E.F., David Blaize, xxix, 161 Birkin, Andrew, 206 Blackwood, John (publisher), xxiii, 185, 18&-87 Blake, William, xvii, xix, 47, 48 Blewett, David, 6 Boswell, John, xxviii Brissenden, R.F., 28...

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