Childhood, Sexuality, and the Novel

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
Childhood, Sexuality, and the Novel

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This chapter examines novels in England during the 19th century which dealt with the physiological transformations of female puberty. These include Six to Sixteen: A Story for Girls by Juliana Ewing, The Beth Book by Sarah Grand, and The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. The first two novels took the form of fictional autobiographies for female development while the third dealt less with child sexuality itself than adult preoccupations with the issue.

Keywords: female puberty; England; Juliana Ewing; The Beth Book; Sarah Grand; Henry James; child development; female development

Chapter.  5807 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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