Victorian Children’s Literature

Experiencing Abjection, Empathy, and the Power of Love

  • Ruth Y. Jenkins

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

About this book


This book reveals how the period’s transforming identities affected by social, economic, religious, and national energies offers rich opportunities in which to analyze the relationship between identity and transformation. At the heart of this study is this question: what is the relationship between Victorian children’s literature, its readers, and their psychic development?  Ruth Y. Jenkins uses Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection to uncover the presence of cultural anxieties and social tensions in works by Kingsley, MacDonald, Carroll, Stevenson, Burnett, Ballantyne, Nesbit, Tucker, Sewell, and Rossetti.



Victorian literature children's literature empathy ethics literary transference

Authors and affiliations

  • Ruth Y. Jenkins
    • 1
  1. 1.California State University, Fresno FresnoUSA

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