Lies and Imagination

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
Lies and Imagination

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This chapter examines discourses concerning childrenhood lying and imagination in England during the period from 1840 to 1900. It suggests that overall, the second half of the 19th century witnessed the growth of a more permissive attitude towards the figure of the child in relation to the boundaries between lying and imagination. The idea of lying, and its relationship to imagination, was crucial to these developments as the Victorians sought to open up the child mind to adult comprehension.

Keywords: lying; imagination; child psychology; England; child development; adult comprehension

Chapter.  6401 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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