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Writing through boyhood in the long eighteenth century : age, gender, and work

Title
Writing through boyhood in the long eighteenth century : age, gender, and work / Chantel Lavoie.
ISBN
9781644533192
1644533197
9781644533208
1644533200
9781644533215
9781644533222
Publication
Newark : University of Delaware Press, [2024]
Physical Description
xi, 229 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Summary
"Writing through Boyhood explores how boyhood was constructed in different creative spaces that reflected lived experience through the long eighteenth century-not simply in children's literature but in novels, poetry, medical advice, criminal broadsides, and automaton exhibitions. These chapters encompass such rituals as breeching, learning to read and write, and going to school. They also consider the lives of boys whose bodily labor was their only value, and who often did not live beyond boyhood: chimney sweeps and convicted criminals. Defined by a variety of tasks, expectations, and objectifications, boys-real, imagined, and sometimes both-were subject to the control of their elders, and used as tools in the cause of civil society, commerce, and empire"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
December 05, 2023
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
The boy in the breeches: Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy (1759-67) growing into gender
The boy in the school: Ellenor Fenn's rhetorical tools in School dialogues for boys (1783)
The boy in the machine: Pierre Jaquet-Droz's Automaton, the Writer (1774)
The boy in the chimney: Sweeps' apprentices, suffering bodies, and Jonathan Swift
The boy in the printing press: Printer's devils and upward mobility
Conclusion
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