The Prehistory of Nostalgia

  • Harvie Ferguson
Part of the Edinburgh Studies in Sociology book series (ESIS)


The ‘golden age’ of childhood was remarkable most obviously for its creation of a special literature for children. Such a literature, written specifically to be read by, or more frequently to be read to, children, denotes not simply the new significance accorded childhood, but a self-conscious reflection upon it. Such a literature naturally enough expresses more accurately adults’ preoccupations with childhood, especially with the memory of their own childhood, than it does children’s spontaneous conceptions of the world.


Childhood Experience Fairy Tale Conditioning Norm Decisive Separation Adult World 
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© Harvie Ferguson 1983

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