Excessive Children: Textual Filiation and the Command of the Other

  • D. C. Teel
Part of the Studies in Literature and Religion book series (SLR)


It could be said that the study of the child as a subject of discourse is in its infancy. With literary representations only arising in the last two hundred years and scientific discourse only giving focused treatment of the child in the last one hundred years, children seem to have had a marginal existence at best within the Western textual tradition. Peter Laslett’s familiar quote bears repeating: ‘these crowds and crowds of little children are strangely absent from the written record& There is something mysterious about the silence of all these multitudes of babes in arms, toddlers and adolescents, in the statements men made at the time about their own experience’.2


Ethical Relation Exposed Child Double Exposure Late Antiquity Late Seventeenth Century 
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