Reading Children

Reading Children offers a history of the relationship between children and books in Anglo-American modernity, exploring early children's literature, pedagogical practices, property lessons inherent in children's book ownership, and the emergence of childhood itself as a literary property.

Reading Children
Literacy, Property, and the Dilemmas of Childhood in Nineteenth-Century America

Patricia Crain

2016 | 280 pages | Cloth $69.95 | Paper $34.95
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Children and Books
Chapter 1. Literacy, Commodities, and Cultural Capital: The Case of Goody Two-Shoes
Chapter 2. The Literary Property of Childhood: The Case of the "Babes in the Wood"
Chapter 3. Colonizing Childhood, Placing Cherokee Children
Chapter 4. "Selling a Boy": Race, Class, and the Literacy Economy of Childhood
Chapter 5. Children in the Margins
Chapter 6. Raising "Master James": The Medial Child and Phantasms of Reading
Coda. Bedtime Stories

Appendix. "The Children in the Wood"
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments