The Child in British Literature

Literary Constructions of Childhood, Medieval to Contemporary

  • Adrienne E. Gavin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Child in British Literature: An Introduction

  3. Medieval and Early Modern Literature (1200–1700)

  4. Eighteenth-Century, Romantic, and Victorian Literature (1700–1900)

  5. Edwardian, Modern, and Contemporary Literature (1900–2010)

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-266

About this book


The first volume to consider childhood over eight centuries of British writing, this book traces the literary child from medieval to contemporary texts. Written by international experts, the volume's essays challenge earlier readings of childhood and offer fascinating contributions to the current upsurge of interest in constructions of childhood.


British novel children''s literature culture English literature Middle Ages William Shakespeare World War II

Editors and affiliations

  • Adrienne E. Gavin
    • 1
  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityUK

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