ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Children in the Mind: Paginated Childhoods and Pedagogics of Play

This paper examines in detail the transnational growth in literature for and about children in 18th and 19th century Britain and France. This development hinges on the Lockean and Rousseauian "pedagogy of play", and how it has determined the emergence and growth of the "permissible" and the "prohibited" in a child's world. Locke and Rousseau's imageries of childhood had a profound impact on 18th and 19th century discourses on childhood and children's literature in Europe. The paper presents a detailed analysis of the development of respectable, modern, middle-class children's literature of the time.

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