The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Childrens Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal Elizabeth Thiel

ISBN: 9786611018177

Published: January 1st 2007

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The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Childrens Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal  by  Elizabeth Thiel

The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Childrens Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal by Elizabeth Thiel
January 1st 2007 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9786611018177 | 5.63 Mb

The myth of the Victorian family remains a pervasive influence within a contemporary Britain that perceives itself to be in social crisis. Nostalgic for a golden age of Victorian values in which visions of supportive, united families predominate,MoreThe myth of the Victorian family remains a pervasive influence within a contemporary Britain that perceives itself to be in social crisis. Nostalgic for a golden age of Victorian values in which visions of supportive, united families predominate, the common consciousness, exhorted by social and political discourse, continues to vaunt the traditional, natural family as the template by which all other family forms are gauged.- Yet this fantasy of family, nurtured and augmented throughout the Victorian era, was essentially a construct that belied the realities of a nineteenth-century world in which orphanhood, fostering and stepfamilies were endemic.

Focusing primarily on British childrens texts written by women and drawing extensively on socio-historic material, The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-century Childrens Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal considers the paradoxes implicit to the perpetuation of the domestic ideal within the Victorian era and offers new perspectives on both nineteenth-century and contemporary society.



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