Date of Degree
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PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
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Cox, Jeffrey L.
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In this study, I consider five of the most eminent children’s novels of the Golden Age period, 1860-1920, The Water-Babies by Rev. Charles Kingsley, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie, to illustrate that the central concern of all of these novels is what it means to be a child self engaged with the world and growing up. It is my contention that, if we are to embrace what Marah Gubar terms a “kinship model” of children’s literature scholarship that sees the child and adult as in relationship to one another, a new vocabulary is necessary to discuss child and adult selfhood. In this project, I propose using Charles Taylor’s postsecular theory as a foundation for this new language, thus offering the terms porous and buffered as a new way of understanding the relationship between a child and the adult she becomes.
Childhood stuides, Postsecular studies, Victorian literature
vii, 272 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 254-272).
Copyright © 2019 Miriam Teresa Janechek
Janechek, Miriam Teresa. "“Six impossible things before breakfast”: becoming an adult in five Golden Age children’s novels." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2019.
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