Alice to the lighthouse : children's books and radical experiments in art /
Juliet Dusinberre.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1987.
xiv, 352 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0312004087 :
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1987.
0312004087 :
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Bibliography: p. 324-335.
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Dusinberre (Girton College, Cambridge) argues that ``Radical experiments in the arts in the early modern period began in the books which Lewis Carroll and his successors wrote for children.'' She cites the writings of Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf to advance her case, but her connections are exceptionally tenuous, too frequently depending on conjecture. An awkward writer, she also weakens her case by failing to establish clear transitions between the various strands of her argument, relying instead on juxtapositions to carry the force of logic. Furthermore, her history of the idea of childhood lacks the clear connection to aesthetic issues that it has in Jacqueline Rose's The Case of Peter Pan; Or, The Impossibility of Children's Fiction (1984), a work she cites several times. Nonetheless, her discussions of didacticism and the authorial voice in children's books and of the difference between literary language and the literal are generally perceptive. Dusinberre deserves credit for taking seriously the aesthetics of children's literature, but, although she displays much learning, she does not sufficiently illuminate either children's literature or modernism.-R.E. Jones, University of Alberta
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Table of Contents
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Preface to the 1999 Reissue
Children's Books, Childhood and Modernismp. 1
Classifying the Childp. 5
Childhood and Phenomenologyp. 10
Educating the Parentp. 15
Children and Post-Impressionist Paintingp. 22
Child Sexualityp. 28
The Child and her Bookp. 34
The Voice of the Authorp. 41
Piety, Improvement and Protestp. 41
The Burden of Instructionp. 51
Author, Parent, Preacherp. 63
Virginia Woolf and the Irreverent Generationp. 69
Lewis Carrollp. 69
Accomplices: Writer and Readerp. 74
Egotistic Authorp. 80
Rebelsp. 87
Eminent Victoriansp. 94
Sacred Textsp. 106
Deathp. 111
Death-Bed Scenesp. 111
Children and Deathp. 123
Mrs. Ramsay's Bracketsp. 138
The Medium of Artp. 151
Languagep. 151
Formp. 172
Making Space for a Childp. 187
'What is Reality?'p. 187
Time-Travel and Territoryp. 196
Psychoanalysis and Consciencep. 206
Narrative and Powerp. 213
The Literary and the Literalp. 220
Placesp. 220
Pioneersp. 236
Design and Visionp. 252
Solidity and Thin Paintp. 265
Notesp. 279
Select Bibliographyp. 324
Indexp. 336
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