Progress, Pressure, and Precocity

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
Progress, Pressure, and Precocity

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This chapter examines discourses concerning the so-called increased ‘velocity’ in child development and education in England during the 19th century. The key examples of texts in these debates come from Charles Dickens' Dombey and Son. This novel inspired medic Robert Brudenelle Carter's article ‘On the Artificial Production of Stupidity in Schools’ and it was repeatedly invoked by James Crichton Browne in the ‘over-pressure’ debates during the 1880s.

Keywords: child development; education; England; Charles Dickens; Dombey and Son; Robert Brudenelle Carter; velocity; James Crichton Browne

Chapter.  7786 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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