Children's Literature Making Men/Making Women - Essay

Making Men/Making Women

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Alan Richardson

SOURCE: "Reluctant Lords and Lame Princes: Engendering the Male Child in Nineteenth-Century Juvenile Fiction," in Children's Literature: Annual of the Modern Language Association Seminar on Children's Literature and The Children's Literature Association, Vol. 21, 1993, pp. 3-19.

[In the essay that follows, Richardson uses psychoanalytic theory to demonstrate that, contrary to contemporary and even late-Victorian notions of masculinity, children's literature in the mid-nineteenth century often imagined a "manliness" that was almost effeminate.]

Wordsworth's phrase "The Child is Father of the Man," from his self-authorizing...

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