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dc.contributor.authorAndrew, Lucy*
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-06T13:08:13Z
dc.date.available2017-09-06T13:08:13Z
dc.date.issued2017-11-05
dc.identifier.citationAndrew, L. (2017). The Boy Detective in Early British Children's Literature: Patrolling the Borders between Boyhood and Manhood. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.en
dc.identifier.isbn9783319620893
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620609
dc.description.abstractThis book maps the development of the boy detective in British children’s literature from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth century. It explores how this liminal figure – a boy operating within a man’s world – addresses adult anxieties about boyhood and the boy’s transition to manhood. It investigates the literary, social and ideological significance of a vast array of popular detective narratives appearing in ‘penny dreadfuls’ and story papers which were aimed primarily at working-class boys. This study charts the relationship between developments in the representation of the fictional boy detective and changing expectations of and attitudes towards real-life British boys during a period where the boy’s role in the future of the Empire was a key concern. It emphasises the value of the early fictional boy detective as an ideological tool to condition boy readers to fulfil adult desires and expectations of what boyhood and, in the future, proper manhood should entail. It will be of particular importance to scholars working in the fields of children’s literature, crime fiction and popular culture.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillanen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319620893en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectChildren's literatureen
dc.subjectboy detectivesen
dc.subject'penny dreadfuls'en
dc.subjectstory papersen
dc.subjectDetective fictionen
dc.titleThe Boy Detective in Early British Children's Literature: Patrolling the Borders between Boyhood and Manhooden
dc.typeBooken
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.date.accepted2017-06-01
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderunfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden
rioxxterms.versionAMen
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2217-11-05
html.description.abstractThis book maps the development of the boy detective in British children’s literature from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth century. It explores how this liminal figure – a boy operating within a man’s world – addresses adult anxieties about boyhood and the boy’s transition to manhood. It investigates the literary, social and ideological significance of a vast array of popular detective narratives appearing in ‘penny dreadfuls’ and story papers which were aimed primarily at working-class boys. This study charts the relationship between developments in the representation of the fictional boy detective and changing expectations of and attitudes towards real-life British boys during a period where the boy’s role in the future of the Empire was a key concern. It emphasises the value of the early fictional boy detective as an ideological tool to condition boy readers to fulfil adult desires and expectations of what boyhood and, in the future, proper manhood should entail. It will be of particular importance to scholars working in the fields of children’s literature, crime fiction and popular culture.


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