Learning to laugh: children and being human in early modern thought

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Abstract

This volume of fourteen original essays written by historians and literary scholars explores childhood and children's books in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800. The collection contributes towards repositioning childhood as a compelling presence in early modern imagination - a ready emblem of innocence, mischief and playfulness. The essays present a wide-ranging basis for reconceptualizing the development of a separate literature for children as central to evolving early modern concepts of human development and socialization. Topics covered include: constructs of literacy as revealed by the figure of "Goody Two Shoes"; notions of pedagogy and academic standards; a reception study of children's reading based on book purchases made by Rugby school boys in the late eighteenth century; an analysis of the first international bestseller for children, the Abbe Pluche's "Spectacle de la nature"; and the commodification of child performers in Jacobean comedies.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildhood and children's books in early modern europe, 1550 - 1800
EditorsAndrea Immel, Michael Witmore
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Pages19-39
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Keywords

  • childhood
  • early modern europe
  • children's books
  • early modern imagination

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Fudge, E. (2006). Learning to laugh: children and being human in early modern thought. In A. Immel, & M. Witmore (Eds.), Childhood and children's books in early modern europe, 1550 - 1800 (pp. 19-39). London and New York.
Fudge, Erica. / Learning to laugh : children and being human in early modern thought. Childhood and children's books in early modern europe, 1550 - 1800. editor / Andrea Immel ; Michael Witmore. London and New York, 2006. pp. 19-39
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