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Monkeys and Children

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582563.003.0014
Monkeys and Children

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This chapter examines the ways in which fascination with the figure of the monkey entered more positively into popular constructions of childhood and the emerging interrelated fields of animal psychology and child development studies in England during the 19th century. The association between a child and a monkey originated during the Elizabethan age and the parallels usually focused on mischievousness and naughtiness. Observations on monkey behaviour became a staple element in periodical writing during the second half of this century.

Keywords: childhood; monkey behaviour; child development; animal psychology; England

Chapter.  5250 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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