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Children’s Literature and Capitalism

Fictions of Social Mobility in Britain, 1850–1914

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Part of the Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature book series (CRACL)

About this book


After the first phase of industrialization in Britain, the child emerged as both a victim of and a threat to capitalism. This book explores the changing relationship between the child and capitalist society in the works of some of the most important writers of children's and young-adult texts in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.


Charles Dickens children''s literature English literature fiction Great Britain Robert Louis Stevenson society Victorian era

About the authors

CHRISTOPHER PARKES is associate professor in English Literature at Lakehead University, Canada. He is the author of scholarly articles on children's literature and eighteenth-century literature.

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'...Parkes's book is an insightful contribution to the scholarship on youth and capitalism, which deserves more attention from the fields of children's literature and childhood studies' Troy Boone, Children's Literature Association Quarterly