Imaginary Lands

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
Imaginary Lands

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This chapter examines discourses concerning childhood imagination in England during the 19th century. During the middle part of this century, Romantic celebrations of the imaginative life of the child were under severe threat and the tone of censoriousness was set by Derwent Coleridge in his 1851 memoir of his brother Hartley where he offered the poem To H.C., Six Years Old as an objective lesson on the dangers of the imagination. During the last decades of the century, the growth of imaginative literature for children and its nostalgic yearning for a lost world worked together with the new evolutionary science of childhood to redefine and validate Romantic conceptions.

Keywords: child imagination; England; imaginative life; Derwent Coleridge; Romantic conceptions; child development; imaginative literature

Chapter.  5140 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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