Edited By Chris Mounsey and Stan Booth
The Blind Made Happy: Arcs of Reward and Redemption in Early Modern Children’s Texts
The children’s literature of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (1780–1840) provides a fascinating lens for examining the perception of blindness in American and British culture. Didactic literature sought to give children a view of the real world and to teach them about the moral way to respond to that reality. The blind characters depicted in these texts include people of all ages and from a wide range of socio-economic classes. Comparisons of early to late texts and of British to American texts reveal significant differences in the perception of medical treatments and educational opportunities available to the blind.
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