Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

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

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This chapter examines discourses concerning childhood passion in England during the 19th century. During this period, passion carried a rich overlay of meanings and the passionate child was a typological projection from religious and education discourse which was to play a crucial role in the development of child psychiatry. Most children's literature published during this period focused on the child who gave way to passion. Examples of these are Reverend Carus Wilson's The Children's Friend and the works of Jane Eyre and George Eliot.

Keywords: passion; England; child psychiatry; Reverend Carus Wilson; The Children's Friend; Jane Eyre; George Eliot

Chapter.  5760 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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