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Class, Leisure and National Identity in British Children’s Literature, 1918–1950


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Hazel Sheeky Bird
    Pages 1-15
  3. Hazel Sheeky Bird
    Pages 87-112
  4. Hazel Sheeky Bird
    Pages 113-128
  5. Hazel Sheeky Bird
    Pages 148-155
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 156-208

About this book


This book places children's literature at the forefront of early twentieth-century debates about national identity and class relations that were expressed through the pursuit of leisure. Focusing on stories about hiking, camping and sailing, this book offers a fresh insight into a popular period of modern British cultural and political history.


British children's literature Leisure and children's literature Politics and children's literature children's literature fiction history of literature identity Imagination national identity Tradition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.UK

About the authors

Hazel Sheeky Bird is an independent researcher based in California, USA. She has published on the subject of escapism in Tolkien's The Hobbit and on the influence of high navalism in British and American naval stories. Her forthcoming publications examine British navalist propaganda and children's culture between 1890 and 1914.

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