Unnatural History: Father and Son

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
Unnatural History: Father and Son

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This chapter examines naturalist Edmund Gosse's memoir called Father and Son in relation to childhood study in England during the 19th century. This memoir offered a study of the development of moral and intellectual ideas during the progress of infancy and it was written directly within the framework established by all those conscientious recorders of child and infant development of the 1890s. It was influenced by the child study movement, which allowed Gosse to rewrite his family history and give prominence to the perceptions and responses of the Son.

Keywords: Edmund Gosse; Father and Son; memoir; child study; child development; child study movement

Chapter.  8702 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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